Max Size: 8cm

Lake Inle Danio (Devario auropurpureus, Inlecypris auropurpurea, Barilius auropurpureus)

Lake Inle Danios are very peaceful, active, and undemanding fish with great personalities and are also a perfect dither fish. However, these Danios are professional jumpers, so it is essential that you have a tight-fitting lid.

Lake Inle Danios are a schooling species, so ideally, you should purchase a group of at least 8 to 10 individuals. These Danios will not compete well with larger or more boisterous tankmates as they can be a little skittish; however, you can minimise this behaviour by adding floating plants or keeping them alongside other aquatic species.

These Danios are best maintained in a densely planted aquarium, and they are an excellent choice for the carefully aquascaped setup. The addition of floating plants to distribute the light entering also appears to be appreciated. Finally, the movement of the water does not need to be particularly strong.

Lake Inle Danios have a torpedo-shaped, silvery-opaque body with 20 to 30 black vertical stripes on a golden-yellow band running across its sides. The shape and number of the stripes are slightly different for each individual fish. In addition, all their fins are transparent except for the caudal fin, which displays some yellow colouration. Finally, they lack the typical barbels of many Danio species.


Lake Inle Danio
Lake Inle Danio
Quick Facts
Scientific NameDevario auropurpureus, Inlecypris auropurpurea, Barilius auropurpureus
Other NamesNone
Aquarium LevelMiddle - Top
DifficultyBeginner - Intermediate
Best kept asGroups 8+
Lifespan3 - 5 years
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH6.0 - 8.0
GH10 - 25
TDS54 - 268
68 - 75℉
20 - 23.9℃


In the home aquarium, the Lake Inle 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.

Sexual Dimorphism

It is somewhat tricky to distinguish between male and female Lake Inle Danios. However, sexually mature females are typically a little more robust, duller, and grow slightly larger than males.

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: 08/07/2021 18:25:21 - Updated: 11/08/2022 15:43:25