Max Size: 10cm

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.

Tank Mates for the Meghalaya Danio

1 ideal tank mate ideas for the Meghalaya Danio include:

Frail Gourami(Ctenops nobilis)
Quick Facts
Scientific NameDanio Meghalayensis
Year Described1985
Other NamesNone
Aquarium LevelMiddle - Top
DifficultyBeginner - Intermediate
Best kept asGroups 6+
Lifespan3 - 5 years
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH6.0 - 8.0
GH1 - 18
64 - 79℉
17.8 - 26.1℃

Photos of the Meghalaya Danio

Meghalaya Danio
Meghalaya Danio

Natural Habitat

Meghalaya Danios are endemic to Barapani in East Khasi in Meghalaya state in India. These Danios inhabit mountain and hill streams that run over a substrate of rocks and smooth boulders, and their habitat only has little aquatic vegetation. However, the flow may be more sluggish in some areas with riparian vegetation providing shade.

Tributary of Lake Meghalaya

What to feed the Meghalaya Danio

Meghalaya Danios are not picky eaters in the aquarium and will readily accept most foods. However, it would be best to use a good quality dried product such as flakes or granules as the staple diet. Also, make sure you supplement the dried food with regular meals of small frozen and live foods such as bloodworm, mosquito larvae, daphnia and brine shrimp. These Danios will also appreciate the occasional vegetable treat.

How to sex the Meghalaya Danio

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.

How to breed the Meghalaya Danio

Like many Cyprinids, Meghalaya Danios are egg-scatterers who exhibit no parental care. When these fish are healthy, they will often spawn, and if they are in a densely-planted, well-established aquarium, small numbers of babies may start to emerge without intervening. However, if you would like more fry, a slightly more controlled approach will be required.

It would be better if you conditioned the adult group together; however, a breeding tank should also be set up and half-filled with water. You should dimly light the breeding tank and cover the bottom with a mesh so the eggs may fall through, but the adults cannot reach them. You can also use artificial grass matting if you do not own any mesh. Alternatively, adding fine-leaved plants or java moss can achieve good results, as glass marbles can.

The water will need to be relatively soft and slightly acidic to neutral, and the temperature needs to be towards the higher end of the range. You can also add a small air-powered filter initially, which should be positioned so the current is directed down the entire length of the tank, or you can install a mature sponge filter.

Once the adults are well-conditioned and the females appear full of eggs, you can introduce one or two pairs to the tank. You can initiate spawning by providing small amounts of live and frozen foods to the pairs and gradually adding small amounts of cold water every few hours until the tank is topped up. The couple should then spawn the next morning. The quickest way to tell if the female has spawned is to look at her and see if she is noticeably slimmer.

The adults will consume any eggs they find, so removing them after a couple of days would be better. You should then swap the power filter for a sponge filter to avoid the babies from being sucked into the device.

The incubation period is usually temperature dependent, but it usually takes around 48 hours for the eggs to hatch. Then, 48 hours later, the fry will become free-swimming.

The fry will initially require green water, liquid fry food or powdered fry food, and then around two weeks later, they will be able to accept newly hatched baby brine shrimp and microworms.

It would be better to keep the tank unlit for the first week and then gradually increase the lighting.

Once the babies reach 12 weeks of age, they should start showing their colours and will begin to look like miniature adults.

Other Danios of interest

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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: 18/02/2022 13:01:47 - Updated: 18/02/2022 16:52:47