Gold Ring Danio (Danio tinwini)
Gold Ring Danios are relatively popular in the aquarium hobby. These Danios are good looking, peaceful, fairly active and quite hardy, making them suitable for the beginner aquarist. In addition, these Danios make excellent members of a community aquarium with similarly-sized, temperate species.
Ideal tankmates for Gold Rig Danios could include small non-aggressive fish such as other Danio species, Dwarf Barbs, Most Tetras and livebearers. You can also house these Danios with Gouramis, Dwarf Cichlids, Loaches and Catfish. However, it would be better if you avoided much larger fish species as they may see these Danios as a snack as well as slow-moving species as they may feel intimidated. It is also recommended that you avoid fish with intricate finnage as these Danios may initially nip at their fins.
Gold Ring Danios are shoaling fish in nature; therefore, it would be best to keep them in groups of at least six individuals, preferably more. Keeping these Danios in larger groups will make your fish feel more comfortable and will give your aquarium a more natural-looking display.
It would benefit your Danios if you maintained them in a well-planted aquarium or an aquarium designed to mimic a flowing stream or river. The substrate can be made up of gravel, different sized rocks or a few large smooth boulders. You can use additional powerheads or filter outlets to provide flow; however, you should avoid swift currents because Danios usually occupy calmer waters in the wild. It would also be good for your Danios if you added some driftwood roots and branches and some hardy aquatic plants such as Anubias, Microsorum or Bolbitis.
A tight-fitting lid will also be required on your aquarium as Danios are exceptional jumpers and can fit through the smallest gaps.
Gold Ring Danios are relatively small and have torpedo-shaped bodies.
Their body pattern consists of four horizontal, rather large spotted lines over a golden bar. These lines change to solid stripes once they reach the anal fin. The stripes begin after the operculum and, from there, continue over the entire body, including the caudal fin. In addition, a large white blotch can be seen at the anterior part of the belly. Dorsally, the fish are silvery-grey. The fins are completely translucent except for the blue to black dots. These dots are not present on the pectoral fins.
|Scientific Name||Danio tinwini|
|Other Names||Blue Ring Danio, Ringlet Danio, Fire-spot Danio, Burma Danio|
|Aquarium Level||Middle - Top|
|Difficulty||Beginner - Intermediate|
|Best kept as||Groups 6+|
|Lifespan||2 - 3 years|
|PH||6.5 - 7.5|
|GH||5 - 18|
|KH||1 - 5|
|TDS||18 - 90|
|64 - 79℉|
17.8 - 26.1℃
In the home aquarium, the Gold Ring Danio will readily accept most good quality dried foods such as granules, flakes and sinking pellets. These modern food products have been developed to provide all adequate nutrition to maintain your fish's health and dietary requirements.
Providing additional foodstuffs such as live, frozen, and freeze-dried meals such as bloodworm, daphnia, and tubifex once or twice a week will provide additional benefits to your fish's health and well-being but is not a must for this fish.
It should be noted that bloodworms should only be given as an occasional treat and should not be used as the staple diet as they are difficult for fish to digest and can potentially cause blockages.
This fish is an omnivore in the wild, meaning it will consume some vegetable matter. Although most modern fish foods take this into account and include them in their products, you can still supplement your fish's diet with blanched vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, and zucchini. Ensure you do not overfeed your fish and remove any leftovers the following day.
It is relatively straightforward to differentiate between the female and male Gold Ring Danios. The males are usually smaller, slimmer and have more intense colouring than females. In contrast, females are somewhat larger, have fuller bodies, especially when carrying eggs and are much duller than males.