Gold Striped Danio (Devario chrysotaeniatus)
Gold-striped Danios are a peaceful, active, and relatively hardy species suitable for the beginner aquarist and the more advanced hobbyist; however, these Danios are very rarely found in the aquarium trade. These Danios are more suited to larger aquariums containing similarly-sized robust fish.
Ideal tankmates for Gold-striped Danios can include other Danios, medium-sized Cyprinids such as Barbs, Tetras, Livebearers and Rainbowfish, as well as Gouramis, Catfish and Loaches. However, it would be best to avoid housing them with much larger aggressive fish or slow-moving fish that may feel uncertain by their ongoing activity and their enthusiastic feeding behaviours.
Gold-striped Danios are a shoaling species in the wild; therefore, they do better when kept in groups of 8 or more individuals. In addition, keeping these fish in more significant numbers will make them feel more comfortable as they chase and interact with one another. However, avoid maintaining these fish in small groups or singly; otherwise, they may become stressed and withdrawn.
The ideal aquarium for Gold-striped Danios would be a well-planted aquarium or a setup designed to mimic a flowing stream or river, with a substrate of gravel, different sized rocks or some large smooth stones. You can use additional powerheads or filter outlets to provide flow. Still, it would be best to avoid swift currents because Danios tend to occupy calmer stretches of water in nature. You could also add driftwood and hardy aquatic plants such as Microsorum, Anubias or Bolbitis.
Gold-striped Danios have a dark mid-lateral stripe from above pelvic to end of medium caudal rays. There is a weakly pigmented stripe above the mid-lateral one, fading away above the anal base. In addition, they have a few short, gold, thin horizontal lines scattered over a slightly darker colour on their sides. These Danios have a cleithral spot that is present immediately posterior to the gills, and they possess a dark stripe that runs along the dorsal midline, from the back of the neck to the base of the caudal fin. Both the dorsal and anal fins have a pale submarginal dark stripe.
|Scientific Name||Devario chrysotaeniatus|
|Origins||China, Laos, Thailand|
|Aquarium Level||Middle - Top|
|Difficulty||Beginner - Intermediate|
|Best kept as||Groups 8+|
|Lifespan||5 - 8 years|
|PH||6.0 - 7.0|
|GH||5 - 15|
|TDS||18 - 143|
|73 - 78℉|
22.8 - 25.6℃
In the home aquarium, the Gold Striped 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 simple to differentiate between male and female Gold-striped Danios. Sexually mature females will be rounder in the belly, less colourful, and slightly larger than males. In contrast, males are somewhat smaller and slimmer and when in spawning conditions, an orange colouration covers the lower back part of the body and the central caudal-fin rays.