Zebrafish Description

Zebrafish are tropical fresh water fish from the minnow family. They are a popular aquarium fish and you will find them in many pet shops under the name Danios (which is their scientific name – Danio rerio).

What do they look like?

The fish is named for the five horizontal blue stripes on the side of its body. Males are torpedo shaped and have gold stripes between the blue stripes; females have a larger, whitish belly and have silver stripes instead of gold. Fully grown adults are around 3-5 cm long and 1 cm wide.

Where do they come from?

In the wild zebrafish live in rivers and ponds in the Ganges region of India. They can be found in Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Myanmar.

What do they eat?

Zebrafish are omnivorous – meaning they will eat plants and animals. They primarily eat zooplankton, insects, and phytoplankton. In captivity they eat conventional flaked fish food. To keep our fish in good condition we feed them live food such as brine shrimp.