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Species: Danios, Devarios and White Cloud Mountain Minnows.
Geographic Origin: S/East Asia, India and South China.
Common Names: Zebra, Spotted, Leopard and Giant Danios.
White Cloud Mountain Minnows.
Compatibility: Generally active fish that are best kept in a shoal of at least
six fish. Not aggressive towards one another or to tankmates.
A good beginners fish.
Minimum Aquarium Size : The small Danios and WCMM's can be kept in an
450mm x 250mm x 250mm (18" x 10" x 10")
aquarium. An aquarium of 600 x 380 x 300mm
(24" x 15" x 12") is suitable for the larger species
such as the Giant Danio and Danio dangila.
An even larger tank will bemore beneficial.
Aquariums should have well-fitting hoods and cover
glasses. These fish can jump extremely well.
Temperature: Ideal temperature is around 18oC/65oF. They are quite happy
at lower temperatures.
Habitat: Likes a well planted community tank, with a gravel substrate and
water movement – particularly from the outlet of an internal filter.
Water Parameters: Tolerant to soft and hard water. Will breed in both.
Water change of approximately 25% each week is
beneficial if not essential.
Health: Generally not over susceptible to White Spot or fungus. As with
all new fish, quarantine for at least one week in a separate tank.
Any fish that appears sick, immediately isolate in a separate tank.
Do not flush dead fish down the toilet. Incinerate or wrap in paper
and put in the dustbin.
Diet : Omnivorous: These fish will accept dried, frozen and all types of live
food (e.g. Daphnia, mosquito larvae). Do not overfeed. Many problems
can be caused by overfeeding (pollution of water by decaying food).
Plants: All species of tropical plants are acceptable. Not plant eaters.
Breeding Notes : Scatter non-adhesive eggs, so a layer of marbles on
the tank floor makes an excellent egg-trap to prevent adults
from eating them. Can be spawned as a shoal rather than just
as a simple pair.
Availability: Widely available. Only select fish that are alert and swimming
with fins erect. Inspect carefully for signs of disease.
Reject lethargic, damaged or hollow bellied specimens.
Show Class: FBAS Class K for most, but WCMM now shown in Class W.
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