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Malabar danio - Devario malabaricus

Malabar danio - Devario malabaricus

Scientific name: Devario malabaricus

Common name: Malabar danio

Family: Cyprinidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 12 - 15 cm (4.72 - 5.91 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 6.2 - 7.8

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 18°N (71.43 - 321.43ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 22 - 24 °C (71.6 - 75.2°F)

The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning

Where the species comes from: South Asia

Temperament to its own species: peaceful

Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful

Usual place in the tank: Bottom levels

Food and feeding

In their natural habitat their diet consists of insects and vegetable matter but in the aquarium Malabar danios will readily accept any flake or pellet food offered. Twice a week brine shrimp and bloodworm should be given.


This species of Danio originates from Sri Lanka and the west coast of India.


The females have a plumper body shape and tend to be slightly larger.


The females will lay their eggs in a shallow tank, scattering them around. The eggs will be light orange in color and are sticky to enable them to be deposited on plants and the tank glass. The parents must be removed after the eggs have been laid or they will definitely try to eat them.


In optimum conditions Malabar danios should live for up to 5 years

Short description

Malabar Danio are a shoaling fish so must be kept in groups of at least 6. They are a peaceful species that will do well in a community tank.


Bought by from danio, picture 1 Malabar danio, picture 2 Malabar danio, picture 3 Malabar danio, picture 4

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