Care Level: Easy
Live Plant Safe: Yes
General Description: The Pearl Danio has a very large distribution across Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Sumatra. Encountering wild specimens is rare, as the majority of Pearl danio available within the aquarium trade are commerically produced. A mature Pearl danio will have a shimmering silver body with an accent of blue-purple, and a narrow orange stripe. Many Pearl danio offered for sale are young and have yet to reach this potential, appearing more plain. Pearl danio are natural shoaling fish, thriving best with at least 8 individuals but more are encouraged. Danios are gregarious, and too few of individuals can result in them harassing other tank mates. An adult Pearl danio can reach a size of approximately 1.5″.
Diet Requirements: In the wild Pearl danios are omnivores. A diet made up of various high quality vegetable based and protein based flake foods, sinking micro pellet foods and bug bites are ideal, in addition to offering frozen foods such as bloodworms, brine shrimp and daphnia. Variety is the spice of life in order to maintain color, immune function and longevity of your fish.
Care Requirements: A minimum 15 to 20 gallon aquarium is ideal for a group of Pearl danios. A tight lid is required to avoid this danio from accidentially jumping out. Pearl danios are one of our listed “hardy fish” because they are able to endure the initial break-in cycle of a newly set-up aquarium. Pearl danios prefer a well oxygenated environment and generous water movement. The aquarium does not need to be aquascaped with anything in particular to keep a shoal of Pearl danio happy, but river stones, driftwood and other natural-looking arrangements will bring out the beauty of this danio. Unlike some of the other danio species, Pearl danios are relatively peaceful overall and are not prone to nipping decorative fins. Mix Pearl danio with other species that match their active nature, and avoid docile species that could be intimidated. Recommended water conditions, 74-82° F, KH 5-18, pH 6.0-8.0.
Purchase Size: Medium: 1” to 1-1/4”, Large: 1-1/2” to 2”
Note: Your item may not look identical to the image provided due to variation within species. Purchase sizes are approximate.