Glofish are a relatively new species of fish, not a natural species, but a genetically engineered fish. As you might be able to guess, these little guys are genetically engineered to glow. This is especially true if they are kept under a fluorescent light.
The short answer is each Glofish requires around 3 gallons of water but you shouldn’t really house them in a 5 gallon tank as they are schooling his so they like to be a groups (or schools) of 6 to 10. If you are planning on housing 6 Glofish then get a 20 gallon tank and if you are planning on housing 10 Glofish then get a 30 - 40 gallon tank.
What Is A Glofish?
If you are wondering what a glofish is, it is not a naturally occurring fish. At one point, these fish were Zebra Danios, but they have been genetically modified. Scientists added a fluorescent gene into these Zebra Danios to create these new and cool glofish.
As the name suggests, they do glow, especially in the dark. These little guys can come in many different colors from bright and fluorescent green and blue, to red, yellow, purple, and pink as well. Although these fish do not occur naturally, they have become very popular over the past years, especially with people who want killer display aquariums.
They also seem to be a prime choice for parents who have kids who would like fish. They are definitely quite fun to look at, plus they really are not all that hard to take care of either. On a side note, some glofish originate from Tetra fish, but most come from Danios.
Glofish Minimum Tank Size
Ok, so to be fair, this is a bit of a difficult question to answer. This is because the literate on these little fish is quite varied. These guys have not been around for very long, so different sources will tell you different things. However, we can give you our own best recommendation based on their size, temperament, and the way in which they like to live.
One single glofish will grow to around 2 inches in length and they are schooling fish. Now, technically speaking, for one single glofish, 3 gallons of water should be sufficient.
A Word On 5 Gallon Tanks
In terms of a 5 gallon tank, you could technically house up to 2 glofish but it’s not recommended. These are schooling fish and they like to be in groups of at least 6 - 10 fish. Therefore, if you want to keep 6 glofish in a school, so they feel at home, the minimum tank size would be 20 gallons minimum ideally.
It’s Best To House A School Of 10
To really make them feel at home, you should keep them in schools of 10. For this, a 30-40 gallon+ tank would be best. The point here is that they technically do not need all that much room on their own, but they are schooling fish and should not be kept alone, therefore the spatial requirements for a school of glofish are significantly larger.
Other Glofish Housing Requirements
In terms of keeping your glofish at home in a nice aquarium, let’s quickly talk about some other requirements in order to keep these little fluorescent fish happy and healthy.
To make sure your glofish are healthy, a water temperature between 72 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit is required, with an average of 76 degrees being best.
Glofish are fairly hardy and resilient, so in terms of water acidity, or in other words the pH level, as long as you keep it between 6.5 and 8, they will be fine. Somewhere around 7.2 is best.
In terms of water hardness, the dH level should be kept between 5 and 19, with a level of 11 or 12 being the very best.
The best thing to feed glofish is any kind of high quality tropical fish flake. You can feed them these twice per day, but most people choose to supplement something like brine shrimp once per day for some extra protein.
Glofish like to have a lot of leafy plants around, so get some java ferns and Anubias for them to play around and hide under.
Glofish should get about 12 hours of light per day. They look best when you have white LED lights, and at night, they look best with gentle blue LED lights.
Glofish are really cool looking fish that seem to continue to grow in popularity. Just keep them in a fairly large tank and keep them in schools, feed them right, get some lights, and all should be just fine.