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Cyprinds / Danios / Bengal Danio

Queen Danio
Danio regina

Synonyms: Cyprinus regina
Physical description: An elongated fish with an elaborate dorsal fin. The mouth points toward the surface and the caudal fin is forked. The back is violet and the flanks are deep purple. The belly and the head are lighter violet. The body is marked with four to five, slender, golden lateral stripes. The fins have a violet tinge.
Size/Length: To 5" (13 cm)
Similar species: Giant Danio ( D. aequipinnatus ), Bengal Danio ( D. devario )
Habitat: Southeast Asia; southern parts of Thailand and the Malay Peninsula.
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 (6.8), 2-18 dH (7), 73-79°F (23-26°C)
Social behavior: An active, but peaceful schooling fish that can be combined in a community tank.
Suggested companions: As for D. aequipinnatus.
FOOD: Flakes; insects, insect larvae, worms, crustaceans
Sexual differences: Males are more slender and more colorful.
Breeding techniques: As for D. aequipinnatus .
Breeding potential: 6. Breeding is more difficult than other Brachydanio and Danio species.
Remarks: This attractive species is not widely available to the hobby.
Difficulty of care: 4. The Queen Danio is not as robust as other Danio species.


By Rhett Butler   Mongabay.com