Max Size: 7.5cm

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 However, avoid maintaining these fish in small groups or singly; otherwise, they may become stressed and withdrawn.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.

Quick Facts
Scientific NameDevario chrysotaeniatus
Year Described1981
Other NamesNone
OriginsChina, Laos, Thailand
Aquarium LevelMiddle - Top
DifficultyBeginner - Intermediate
Best kept asGroups 8+
Lifespan5 - 8 years
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH6.0 - 7.0
GH5 - 15
TDS18 - 143
73 - 78℉
22.8 - 25.6℃

Photos of the Gold Striped Danio

Gold Striped Danio

Natural Habitat

Gold-striped Danios are endemic to the Nam Youan River Basin in Laos as well as the Upper Mekong River in China. These fish have also been found in the Ping River in the Chiang Mai area of Thailand in Southeast Asia. These Danios inhabit highly-oxygenated, fast-flowing clear waters in shallow regions of small to medium-sized streams and rivers. These habitats usually contain substrates of gravel, rocks and boulders with very little to no aquatic vegetation.

What to feed the Gold Striped Danio

Gold-striped Danios are unfussy feeders in the aquarium and will accept most foods. However, it would be best to use good quality dried foods such as flakes and granules as the staple diet and supplement this with frequent meals of small live, frozen and freeze-dried foods such as daphnia, bloodworm and brine shrimp as this will give your fish the best colouration and will keep them healthy.

How to sex the Gold Striped Danio

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.

How to breed the Gold Striped Danio

Gold-striped Danios will spawn often when in good condition, and when in a heavily-planted, mature aquarium, small numbers of fry may start to appear without intervening. However, if you would like to improve the yield of babies, you will need to use a slightly more controlled approach.

You can condition your adult group together, but you should also set up a separate breeding tank and half-fill it with mature water. It would be best to fill much of the available space with suitable spawning mediums such as spawning mops or java moss, or you can place either a mesh or marbles on the bottom of the tank where the eggs can fall through to hide the eggs.

Their water will need to be somewhat acidic to neutral with a temperature towards the higher end of the scale. You may also add an internal power filter and position it so that the flow is directed down the whole length of the tank.

Once you have conditioned the adult fish and the female's sem to be full of eggs, you should then introduce one or two pairs into the breeding tank.e

To encourage the spawning process, you should add small amounts of cooler water every couple of hours so that the tank is gradually topped up or perform a significant water change in the evening. Providing your Danios with small amounts of live and frozen food can also trigger spawning. Several spawning events will probably occur before a female has run out of eggs.

The adults will consume any eggs they find, so it would be best to remove the adults once any are noticed. At this point, it is advisable to switch the power filter to a mature sponge filter, as this will stop any fry from being sucked up.

The Incubation period is temperature-dependant to an extent but generally takes between 24 to 36 hours. The fry will then become free-swimming a few days after that. Initially, it would be best to feed the fry with newly hatched brine shrimp or microworms.

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Date Added: 09/03/2022 09:38:07 - Updated: 10/03/2022 13:19:20