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Cyprinds / Danios / Bengal Danio

Bengal Danio
Danio devario

Synonyms: Cyprinus danio
Physical description: A high-backed, elongated fish with lateral compression. No barbels are present the belly profile is rounded. The color varies depending on the population. The back is golden-brown in color as is the belly. The flanks are blue wit some fine, transverse yellow stripes. A broad, dark blue stripe extends from the rear part of the mid-section, back to the fork of the caudal fin. The fins are generally transparent.
Size/Length: To 6" (15 cm)
Similar species: Giant Danio ( D. aequipinnatus ), Queen Danio ( D. regina )
Habitat: In the floodplains of rivers from the Indus River to the Assam (India) in Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh.
S: All
Aquarium: A tank measuring 36" (91 cm) with a capacity of 30 gallons (114 L) is suggested. Follow recommendations for D. aequipinnatus .
Water chemistry: pH 6-8 (7.1), 4-20 dH (8), 59-77°F (15-25°C)
Social behavior: An active and peaceful species that should be maintained in a school.
Suggested companions: See D. aequipinnatus.
FOOD: Flakes; insects, insect larvae, worms, crustaceans
Sexual differences: Males are slimmer, smaller, and more colorful
Breeding techniques: Follow suggestions for D. aequipinnatus .
Breeding potential: 5. An easily bred species.
Remarks: The Bengal Danio has the longest dorsal fin of all Danios. Sexually mature from 2.8" (7 cm).
Difficulty of care: 3. A hardy and peaceful species that does poorly when kept singly.


By Rhett Butler   Mongabay.com