Leopard Danio (Danio rerio)
These fish are known for their eye-catching pattern of black and gold stripes resembling a leopards' spots.
Care for Leopard Danios is relatively easy, making them a great choice for beginners. They can grow up to 2 inches as adults. Leopard Danios prefer to be kept in schools of at least 6 individuals, where they will feel more secure and exhibit their natural schooling behavior.
They prefer to swim in the aquarium's middle to top levels and are active fish, constantly swimming and exploring their surroundings. They prefer a well-planted aquarium with plenty of swimming space and a moderate current. They are also very active fish and require a lot of space to swim around, so a larger aquarium is recommended.
Leopard Danios are peaceful fish that can be kept with other peaceful fish, making them a great addition to a community tank with livebearers, dwarf gouramis, tetras, and cory catfish. They are not known to be fin nippers, but like most Danios, they will pester other fish if they are in undersized schools. They will be fine in a community tank as long as you keep them with 6 or more of their own species and ensure the aquarium is not overcrowded.
When it comes to their diet, Leopard Danios are omnivores and will eat a variety of foods, including flake, frozen, and live foods. Their diet should be supplemented with high-quality pellets or flakes to ensure they receive all necessary nutrients.
If you're looking to add these lively and attractive fish to your aquarium, they require a minimum tank size of 10 gallons and a pH range of 6.5-7.5. The water temperature should be kept between 64-75°F (18-24°C), and the hardness range should be between 5-19 dGH.
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