Max Size: 5cm

Jaintia Danio (Danio jaintianensis)

Jaintia Danios are peaceful, but their temperature requirements and rarity make them difficult to recommend for the general community aquarium. Therefore, these fish are best kept in a species only aquarium or an aquarium that houses other small Cyprinids that appreciate much cooler water conditions.

Other possible tankmates could include Loaches from the genera Nemacheilus or Lepidocephalichthys and Catfish such as Hara or Akysis. Freshwater Gobies such as Stiphodon spp and Rhinogobius could also work, as would numerous freshwater shrimp.

Jaintia Danios are schooling species in nature; therefore, you should ideally keep them in a group of at least eight individuals, preferably more. Maintaining these Danios in more significant numbers will not only make your fish less skittish but will also result in a more natural-looking display. At the same time, males will also reveal their best colours as they compete with one another for female attention.

Jaintia Danios would look incredibly effective in a heavily-planted aquarium with a dark substrate or an aquarium set-up designed to mimic a flowing stream or river. The substrate could consist of gravel, differently-sized rocks, or large smooth boulders.

You can use additional powerheads or filter outlets to provide water flow; however, you should avoid very fast-flowing currents as small Danios typically occupy calmer stretches of water in nature. Hardy aquatic plants such as Microsorum, Anubias and Bolbitis can be added, as can driftwood roots and branches.

The aquarium will need to have a tight-fitting lid as Danios are accomplished jumpers and can fit through tiny gaps.


Jaintia Danio
Jaintia Danio
Quick Facts
Scientific NameDanio jaintianensis
Other NamesNone
Aquarium LevelMiddle - Top
DifficultyBeginner - Intermediate
Best kept asGroups 8+
Lifespan3 - 5 years
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH6.0 - 7.0
GH2 - 8
TDS18 - 143
0 - 73℉
-17.8 - 22.8℃


In the home aquarium, the Jaintia 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.

Tank Mates

2 interesting tank mate ideas for the Jaintia Danio could include:

Dwarf Gourami(Trichogaster lalius)
Indian Hifin Barb(Oreichthys cosuatis)

Sexual Dimorphism

It is relatively straightforward to differentiate between male and female Jaintia Danios. Sexually mature females are usually rounder-bodied, less colourful, and a little larger than males. In contrast, males are bolder in colour, smaller and slimmer than females.

Other Danios of interest

Assam Danio(Devario assamensis)
Barred Danio(Devario pathirana)
Bengal Danio(Devario devario)
Black Barred Danio(Danio absconditus)
Blood Tailed Danio(Devario annandalei)
Blue Danio(Danio kerri)
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Date Added: 09/02/2022 11:21:28 - Updated: 11/08/2022 15:42:24