Malabar danio - Devario malabaricus
Scientific name: Devario malabaricus
Common name: Malabar danio
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
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.
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