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Giant Danio


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  • Diet: Flake, Frozen, Freeze-dried
  • Maximum size: 4"
  • Water temperature: 72-82° F
  • Swimming level: Top
  • Experience level: Beginner
  • Tank Setup: 20+ gallons, lightly planted
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Danios can share their aquarium with other community aquarium fish of similar size and temperament. Instead of plants, they eat aquatic crustaceans, worms and aquatic insect larvae. Danios are schooling fish and like to swim in groups and should be kept with three or more other fish of the same species. You will see them swimming in the middle of your aquarium. To create a beautiful aquarium environment, be sure to add some top and bottom swimmers as well. Ask a PetSmart associate to help you choose.

Learn about the Giant Danio

Scientific Name
Danio aequipinnatus


Adult Length
4-4 1/2 inches

Feeding Habits
Fresh spinach, zucchini, peas and lettuce. Live blood worms, glass worms, brine shrimp and tubifex worms. Frozen vegetable diet, daphnia, plankton, beef heart, brine shrimp, glass worms and blood worms. Flake and freeze dried foods also accepted.

Extremely active schooling fish that mixes well with other similar sized fish. Smaller fish may be eaten.

Sri Lanka: Moderately decorated with rocks, live plants and driftwood. Live plants may be nibbled on.

Adult males have a blue line which runs straight over their tail fin, while the females' blue line bends up at the tail fin. During spawning they can produce up to 300 eggs.

Additional Comments
Covered aquarium is recommended as they are great jumpers.

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Giant Danio
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Giant Danio is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 35.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I have three of these in my 55 gallon semi agressive tank. These fish are extremly active and I wouldn't recommend this to anyone with any tank smaller than a 40 gallon long. These fish need plenty of swimming room, since they are so hyper.At feeding time we usually put freeze dried blood worms and color enhancing flakes, and they go nuts. We have to feed these guys first though and then feed te other fish after because they eat so much. Don't be fooled when you see these guys at the store when you see their plainess. at the store they are just an off white color, but bring them home and feed them color enhancing flakes and their colors will amaze you! Over all great fish for tanks at least 40 gallons and long.
Date published: 2012-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Active Giant danios are very active and look great in large groups. I've had mine for 4 years. They are also very hardy and help shy fish come out of hiding more often.
Date published: 2011-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Giant Danio's The site review on these fish states they are middle tank swimmers ["You will see them swimming in the middle of your aquarium"]. We recently bought 5 medium size Giants and they stay at the very top of the 55 gallon tank. After 3 days in the tank I have not seen them swim below the water line - making them a little difficult to see. They do school together and never stop zipping back and forth. There is a lot of movement, which is why they were added; just wish they would come down ever so often where they could be seen better. They are lightning fast and so are not picked on by the somewhat larger fish that have been in the tank a while.
Date published: 2013-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cool fish especially for kids These fish are very active, swimming a mile a minute. Great if you have kids they will keep their attention
Date published: 2012-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great fishies I've had danios since the first time i bought fish around four or more years ago. I still have a danio left and I really think its been longer then four years. Just recently one died tho but it didn't surprise me I didn't realize at the time how long they would live. I have the one in a twenty gallon with a few other fish tho. I have aquarium salt in my tank which seems to be very nice for my fish and I use water conditioner. They eat pretty much any food and I know mine really liked freeze dried brine shrimp. However I do think they do better with a partner. Since hes been alone he's not nearly as active as before. They use to chase my other fish a little but never bit them and almost always swam back and forth in the tank. But anyway over all great fish and quite hardy. P.S. they have been very jumpy for me and when I first got them i didn't have a lid and lost probably three due to them jumping out. So cover your tank.
Date published: 2014-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very hardy fish I bought four of these fish to start my aquarium about 8 months ago. They are all still alive and very active. I love that they are very friendly to new fish and that they are NOT FIN NIPPERS!
Date published: 2013-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Fish to have. I have always been impressed with my five Giant Danios. I feed them Tetra Flakes as well has bloodworms once a week. They have been with me for almost 6 months, never had a single problem. My tank is set to 80 degrees and they do great.
Date published: 2013-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have four these fish are super swift. i have them with a betta and they all mind their own buisness. ive had these fish with black gravel and natural stone gravel. their colors depend on the color of the gravel. The black gravel makes them look amazingly colorful. i love that their mouths are not tiny so they are able to eat granules too.
Date published: 2011-01-07
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