About Zebra Danio

About Zebra Danio

The Zebra Danio, danio rerio, also known as the zebrafish, is a tropical fish belonging to the minnow family Cyprinidae. Zebra Danios are distributed across Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Myanmar, and Nepal. It is so named due to the striped patterning on the body. Danios are a shoaling species that can encourage timid species to venture out, and have been referred to as 'dither fish' due to their active nature. There are a few colour variations of zebra danio's available, including shades of gold and dark blue - colour will be supplied at random subject to availability.

In the wild, the danio's are found in along the surface of small, clear rivers and hill streams. Zebra Danio's are a very hardy fish that like to shoal together which makes them great for beginners. They are suitable for indoor cold/temperate water tanks also.

Where do Zebra Danio fish originate from?
Where do Zebra Danios come from? Danios, fishes belonging to the family Cyprinidae, are believed to originate from south and southeast Asia. You will find the Zebra Danio in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Myanmar, Nepal and across southern Asia. Over the years Danios have been traditionally one of the most popular tropical fish kept by hobbyists.

Are Zebra Danios fin-nippers, will they nip the fins of other fish?
Danios may have small bouts of fin-nipping with any long-finned tank mates but this should not be too serious. Pearl Danios have a very small mouth, so any damage will be fairly limited and is unlikely to persist. Fancy goldfish do make suitable tank mates, however as a precaution it is not generally recommended that they are kept with slow-swimming long-finned tankmates. 


Approx. size: 2-4cm / 1-2"
Maximum size: 5cm / 2"
Origin: Asia
Family: Cyprinidae
Temperament: Peaceful
Lighting requirement: low
Ideal number kept together: 6+ schooling

Water conditions
Our conditions: pH 7.5, temp 20°C
Ideal pH: 6.0–8.0
Ideal temperature: 16–25°C
Waterflow: low to moderate

Ease of care
Easy. They can adapt very well to changes in water temperature and conditions. Slight fin-nipping tendencies.

The main food we recommend would be flake or pellets. They can occasionally have live or frozen foods.


Community of similar size. They feel most comfortable when in a shoal of other Danios.

Breeding/ Sex
Moderate as they are egg layers with minimal parental care.

Life Span

Danios have a lifespan of anything from 2-3 years in perfect conditions.

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