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Species Spotlight – Celestial Pearl Danio

written by Matthew Muscara

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The Celestial Pearl Danio is a cyprinid that was first discovered in September 2006 and became an immediate hit in the aquarium industry. It was discovered in a small shallow pond in the sovereign state of Myanmar and at one point it thought to have been completely fished out due to its popularity in the aquarium trade. The Celestial Pearl Danio is a hardy peaceful fish. The ideal temperature for them is in the low to mid 70s, and they are perfect for small-planted aquariums. When considering a Celestial Pearl Danio, consider keeping them in schools of 6 or more. If your tank is under 5 gallons, avoid getting more than one male. While competing for mates, the males will nip at each other’s fins, possibly leading to serious injury if there is not enough space.

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Females generally have an olive coloration while males are a darker blue color with black stripes on their dorsal and anal fins. The Celestial Pearl Danio is a very fecund fish and under ideal conditions will readily breed in the aquarium on a daily basis. However, the parents will then turn around and eat their own eggs and hatchlings, thus parents must be moved shortly after spawning if you want to raise the fry. The Celestial Pearl Danio had a very interesting first year after being discovered; six months after its discovery the Celestial Pearl Danio had been so heavily collected that it became classified as endangered. The Myanmar government responded by banning all exports of the fish. Fortunately it was a false alarm, and the Celestial Pearl Danio was found in several of the surrounding pounds after a few short months and the original pond was able to restock itself naturally.

At Absolutely Fish, we usually always have Celestial Pearl Danios in stock. They are amazing nano-fish, perfectly fit for planted-topes and communal aquariums. Stop by and view these beautiful fish. We hope you become enamoured with these colorful schoolers…

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