Native Location: Originally Northern India, Selectively bred in captivity
Temperature Range: 18-25℃ (64-77℉)
Preferred pH Range: 6.0-8.0
Minimum Aquarium Size: 90cm x 30cm
Potential Tankmates: Tetras, Peaceful Cichlids, Gourami, Angelfish, Loaches.
Care Level: Easy
The Leopard Danio is a man-made, or purposely bred strain of the popular Zebra Danio and is not found in the wild. We can provide excellent care for them by basing all of their needs on the Zebra Danio, a fish known for its versatility.
These Danios would thrive in a heavily planted tank with a silty substrate and gentle flow. For better colouring, experience shows us that the more aquarium plants present, the more vibrant the colouring on display. Adding some floating plants like dwarf water lettuce or something similar can offer a little shade under the bright lights required to grow aquarium plants correctly.
We know these fish to be micro predators which means they will prey on tiny crustaceans or insects they find among the vegetation. As they swim around continuously day in-day out, they will hunt down a variety of food but in the aquarium setting, we must substitute this by feeding them live daphnia and brine shrimp along with quality micro pellet food.
The original Zebra Danio is a great breeding project for beginners and the Leopard Danio is no different. A known egg-scattering species with no interest in offering parental care to their fry it is advised to provide a dedicated breeder aquarium half-filled with water at a temperature towards the higher end of the range mentioned above. To stimulate breeding behaviour, gradually top up the aquarium with cooler water while feeding live foods to the group of fish. Eggs will be scattered below so gravel of large grain or even marbles will offer protection for the young fish until they are large enough to not be eaten.
All our fish are quarantined on arrival for two weeks. During this time, we treat for any health issues that may occur during transport and ensure each fish is eating well and looking healthy. All fish are treated with Flubendazole before finally going on sale.