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Giant Danio

Discussion in 'Cyprinids' started by ryan, Jun 23, 2004.

  1. ryan

    ryan Spinning around

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    Common name/s: Giant Danio.

    Scientific name: Danio aequipinnatus, formely known as Danio malabaricus.

    Family: Cyprinidae

    Origin: India, Myanmar, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Nepal.

    Maximum size: 4" (10cm).

    Care: They are not specific about water conditions providing extremes of pH and hardness aswell as the other parameters are avoided. One of the larger species, also an active shoaling fish that needs to be in groups.

    Feeding: As with other Danios, it is an insectivore and with an upturned mouth is ideally suited to taking insects from the waters suface. Fortunately for us, they are not fussy about food and will take mainly flake and frozen foods without hesitation.

    Sexing and Breeding: Danios are prolific and very easy to breed. Males are slimmer and more intense in colouration than females. Pairs can often be used but most prefer them to shoal spawn. Set-up your breeding tank with Java moss or other suitable substances on the bottom so the fishes can scatter their eggs, but cannot eat them as no parental care is practised. As with barbs ensure they have a good supply of small live foods, starting with infusoria and newly hatched brine shrimp. Make sure the breeding tank is covered as the fishes can be so active that they leap from the water.

    Comments: One of the larger species but by no means less attractive with its lovely markings. They make a great addition to any medium sized community in a fast swimming shoal.

     
  2. The-Wolf

    The-Wolf Ex-LFS manager/ keeper of over 30 danio species

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    They are also, sometimes refered to as Malabar danios :D
     
  3. andyw823

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    Thought i would post this picture of mine as there are no other pics.

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  4. thefubar

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    Nice picture Andy, especially like the boketh bubbles in the background. :good:

    I found Giant Danio to be territorial and aggressive when they are the largest species in a tank.
     

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