Meghalaya Danio (Danio Meghalayensis)
Meghalaya Danios are somewhat rare in the aquarium hobby. However, these Danios are very active and hardy and can adapt to various water parameters making them excellent fish for a beginner aquarist. In addition, Meghalaya Danios make a great addition to a community aquarium with other species that are similar in size and temperament that also enjoy the same water conditions.
Ideal tankmates for Meghalaya Danios can include other Danios, Tetras, Barbs, Guppies and other livebearers and Dwarf Cichlids, smaller Gouramis, Loaches and Corydoras Catfish. However, it would be best if you avoided housing these Danios with much smaller or slow-moving species or species with intricate finnage. You should also avoid keeping them with much larger or aggressive fish.
Meghalaya Danios are shoaling fish in nature; therefore, you should keep them in a group of at least six individuals, preferably more. Sustaining these Danios in larger numbers will not only make your fish feel less skittish but will also result in a far more compelling, natural-looking display. At the same time, males will also reveal their best colours as they contend with one other for female attention.
The ideal aquarium setup for Meghalaya Danios would be a heavily planted aquarium with enough broken lines of sight and plenty of swimming space. Furthermore, it would be better to design the aquarium to mimic a flowing stream or river and have a darker substrate, as they may appear paler in a sparsely decorated aquarium. Adding gravel, different sized rocks or smooth stones will also add to the effect. In addition, driftwood branches and roots, along with some hardy aquatic plants such as Anubias, Bolbitis or Microsorum, are ideal.
Meghalaya Danios prefer clean, well-oxygenated water; therefore, good filtration is essential. In addition, the aquarium needs to be set up so that they have a current of water flowing from one end of the aquarium to the other against which these Danios will continuously swim. Filter outlets or additional powerheads will help provide flow; however, it would be best to avoid a swift current because these Danios usually occupy calmer stretches in the wild.
Meghalaya Danios have reddish torpedo-shaped bodies with "snakeskin-like" iridescent blue stripes along their flanks which may continue through to their transparent fins.
|Scientific Name||Danio Meghalayensis|
|Aquarium Level||Middle - Top|
|Difficulty||Beginner - Intermediate|
|Best kept as||Groups 6+|
|Lifespan||3 - 5 years|
|PH||6.0 - 8.0|
|GH||1 - 18|
|64 - 79℉|
17.8 - 26.1℃
In the home aquarium, the Meghalaya 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.
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It is very straightforward to differentiate between mature male and female Meghalaya Danios. The males are typically slimmer, more brightly coloured and possess red edges on their fins. In contrast, females are narrowly larger, much duller than males and have fuller bodies. Also, the females will have white edging instead of red to their fins.