How long is the life cycle of zebrafish?

The zebrafish lifecycle is divided into four major periods: Embryo, larva, juvenile, and adult. The full life cycle from fertilized egg to adult is a quick 90 days.

How quickly do zebra fish mature?

Although zebrafish reach sexual maturity in 10-12 weeks, the breeding fish should be between 7 and 18 months of age for maximum embryo production.

How long are zebrafish embryos?

Zebrafish Developmental Staging Series

Period Stage Begins
Pharyngula (24 – 48 h) High-pec 42 h
Hatching (48 – 72 h) Long-pec 48 h
Pec-fin 60 h
Larval Protruding-mouth 72 h

Does a zebrafish have gestation?

The zebrafish embryo develops rapidly; while the human embryonic period spans most of the first trimester, or roughly 10 weeks, the zebrafish embryonic period lasts approximately 3 days, and the resulting larvae begin feeding exogenously as early as 4–5 days post fertilization when the yolk is mostly expended [9].

How many babies do zebrafish have?

Where do zebra danios lay eggs? The female danio will scatter anywhere from 300 to 400 eggs on the gravel substrate.

Why are zebrafish not breeding?

Females that do not show a nicely round belly have very low chances to produce a good amount of eggs. If this is the case, provide the fish with additional food for some days before mating them. On the other hand, females that appear too chubby probably will not lay if bred.

How long are fish pregnant for?

As examples, the female swordtail and guppy will both give birth to anywhere from 20 to 100 live young after a gestation period of four to six weeks, and mollies will produce a brood of 20 to 60 live young after a gestation of six to 10 weeks.

How often do zebrafish mate?

every 10 days
It has been reported that an optimal breeding frequency for zebrafish is every 10 days (Niimi and LaHam 1974). If fish are not spawned often, eggs are reabsorbed in the female fish.