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Danios are hardy species, ideal for beginner fish keepers. The longfin zebra danio is a captive-bred aquarium fish and has long, flowing fins and a long tail. Danios are generally peaceful, but can become nippy if not kept in a large-enough school. Danios will tolerate cold water aquariums as well as tropical aquariums. They originate from tropical and subtropical waters in Asia from Pakistan to India and as far as Myanmar

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Features of Longfin Zebra Danio's:

  • Zebra-like stripes, has long, flowing fins and a long tail, about three times the length of the common zebra danio’s fins and tail
  • White stripes with black borders and different colored stripes between them running laterally
  • Female danios have a rounder body shape than males
  • Tolerates both cold and tropical aquariums
  • Care level: Beginners

Danio : Care, Diet and Tank Mates

The Best Aquarium Size:

The minimum tank size for Danios is 35L. You’ll likely need much larger tanks if you’re planning on introducing some tank mates and maybe even some live plants —usually, the bigger, the better.

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Danio Diet:

Danios are omnivores and are not fussy eaters. Danios will eat any food that floats on the waters surface. Feed danios flakes, floating pellets, and vegetables. We recommend supplementing the diet with live, frozen and freeze dried foods like daphnia, bloodworms, and brine shrimp as a high-protein treat.

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Tank Mate Compatibility:

Danios are compatible with peaceful fish of a similar size. Avoid keeping with slow-swimming, long-finned fish because Danios are known to be fin-nippers. Large, predatory tank mates will view Danios as food.

Great tank mates for your Danio include:

Danio Tank Setup:

Aquarium Filtration for Danios

The Danio's like to swim in medium to fast moving water. Good water flow can be created with use of good filtration systems. Cannister filters are a good option to create a generous amount of water flow. 

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Aquarium Plants for Danio's

Danios thrive in a well-planted aquarium, especially where dense plants are located to the side and back. They will enjoy open swimming space in the forefront of the aquarium. Opt for aquatic plants that do well in the water temperature you keep your danio's in. Eg. Cold water aquarium will require cooler climate aquatic plants, vs tropical 

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Aquarium Decorations for Danio's

Add aquarium ornaments such as: Kazoo handmade fish decorations, caves, rocks, and driftwood in your aquarium to create a fun playground for them to swim around. 

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Aquarium Lighting for Danio's

Danio's prefer subdued lighting. Adjustable LED lighting uses less energy, creates less heat and can be adjusted to ensure your fish are happy and healthy. Aquarium lighting is necessary for the photosynthesis required for healthy aquarium plants. 

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Aquarium Substrate for Danio's

Danio's prefer a fine gravel or sandy substrate. If keeping live aquarium plants, consider using a nutrient rich aquasoil to optimize plant growth.

A variety of Substrates are available at Coburg Aquarium. 



Sand and round gravels are good substrates. A variety of Substrates are available at Coburg Aquarium. 

Additional Information

Fish Keeping Snapshot :

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Aquarium Set-up Service:

Our design team enables us to create the tank you desire, install your tank where you wish to and provide a maintenance service to ensure everything runs smoothly. We can create almost any aquarium from the small home aquarium to large commercial aquariums for offices, hotels or restaurants. Coburg Aquarium, Australia's leading aquarium shop.

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