Giant Danio - Devario aequipinnatus
The Giant Danio is a silvery fish that has iridescent blue and orange, broken vertical bars and stripes. This is one of the largest of the danios, reaching about 5 inches in length.
Many tropical community aquariums are populated with tetras, rasboras and other similar schooling fish. Though these fish are rather small, their pleasant temperaments, the schooling behaviors they exhibit and a vast variety of colors and shapes make them popular in the hobby. They can grow anywhere from a few centimeters to a few inches, and can add movement to a freshwater fish tank. Most of these fish are fairly easy to care for and have similar water chemistry and care requirements.
Danios are commonly recommended as "starter fish" and dither fish. They are fast and active swimmers and they like a long tank to swim in. Danios have interesting markings and are generally hardy and peaceful.
These fish prefer aquariums with plenty plants and ornamentation to explore, but also need plenty of open space to swim. They can be fed commercial flakes, granules and small pellets as a staple diet, with occasional feedings of meaty frozen or freeze dried treats such as bloodworms, plankton, mysis or brine shrimp. They prefer to be kept in groups of six or more to school and feel secure.
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|Common Name||Giant Danio|
|Scientific Name||Devario aequipinnatus|
|Max Size (in inches)||6|
|Min Tank Size (in gallons)||30|
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Ratings & Reviews
by Doug & Dawn
These guys make a nice colorful addition to a 30+ gallon tank. They feed mid to top but swim all over. They live at least five years. Can handle more chemistry changes than most. They are bigger than other danios and can swim fast so they need some room.
Hardy and Versitile
by Matthew Zito
Fast and athletic. A good choice for larger tanks. Not as aggressive or hyperactive as Zebra Danios. Large and tough enough to live with semi-aggressive species like Blue Gouramis and Tiger Barbs, but gentle enough to live with smaller tetras (although timid fish may be a little intimidated by their size and speed). They will outcompete Cory Catfish for food, but you can get around this by feeding the Corys after lights out.