Behaviour Peaceful, active, shoaling
Typical size 2cm
Tank Area All - middle
Min Tank Size 30cm
Min Number 4
Temp Min: 22℃ Max: 28℃
Feeding Flake, frozen, very small live foods
pH Range 6-7.5
Celestial Pearl DanioDanio Margaritatus
The Celestial Pearl Danio (often incorrectly called the Galaxy Rasbora) with has had a lively, if short, history since its discovery in 2006. The fish was found in a very small high altitude area in Myanmar, and instantly became very popular as an aquarium fish. Unfortunately, over collecting has devestated its environment, and the fish has become very rare in its natural location. The problem has advanced so quickly that Practical Fishkeeping Magazine has urged fishkeepers to only purchase the fish if they intend to breed them. However, given demand, it is more likely a case of if mass-scale breeding is not employed, the species is likley to dissapear. Although your retailer may not know if the fish they stock are captive bred, it is worth asking before purchasing, and certainly avoid any wild caught stocks if possible. Celestial Pearl Danio are a shoaling fish, so keep in groups of 6 or more. The fish is generally easy to care for and has no specific requirements. Although they prefer soft, acidic water, they can be acclimated to harder water. Captive bred fish which are a few generations old, may be adaptable to a wider range of conditions. Keep with other small, peaceful, species and provide hiding spots, ideally amongst vegetation. Small live or frozen foods such as daphnia or cyclops will help keep the fish in top condition.
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