Max Size: 5cm

Orange Finned Danio (Danio kyathit)

The Orange Finned Danio is a very peaceful species making it an ideal resident of the well-furnished community tank. Since it places no particular demands in water chemistry, you can combine it with many of the most popular fish in the hobby, making them a great choice for aquarists.

The Orange Finned Danio is a schooling species by nature; therefore, you should maintain them in groups of 8 to 10 individuals. Keeping these fish in adequate numbers will not only make the fish less afraid but will result in a more effective, natural-looking display. At the same time, males will also exhibit their most solid colours as they compete with one other for female attention.

The Orange-finned Danio is an impressive little fish that has a torpedo-shaped body. There are two distinct colour morphs for the Orange-Finned Danio; for instance, the Ocelot Danio has moderate-sized dark spots all over the body. In contrast, the Orange-finned Danio shows those spots merge into a more-or-less continuous line along its sides, giving it an altogether darker appearance.

It is advisable to have a tight-fitting lid on your aquarium as these fish are expert jumpers and can squeeze through surprisingly small gaps.

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Orange Finned Danio
Orange Finned Danio
Orange Finned Danio
Orange Finned Danio
Orange Finned Danio
Quick Facts
Scientific NameDanio kyathit
Other NamesOcelot Danio, Orange-finned Zebra Danio
Aquarium LevelTop
DifficultyBeginner - Intermediate
Best kept asGroups 8+
Lifespanup to 3 years
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH6.0 - 8.0
GH1 - 18
TDS18 - 90
60 - 79℉
15.6 - 26.1℃

Natural Habitat

Irrawaddy River


In the home aquarium, the Orange Finned 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 Orange Finned Danio could include:

Denison Barb(Sahyadria denisonii)
Glowlight Danio(Celestichthys choprae)

Sexual Dimorphism

It is relatively straightforward to determine the male from female Orange-Finned Danio.

Females are usually larger, rounder bellied and deeper bodied and display less orange in the fins than the males, whereas males tend to be somewhat slimmer, smaller and have bolder orange in their fins, and their colour is all-around richer than females.

The differences are especially apparent when the fish are in spawning condition.

Frequently asked questions

Are Orange Finned Danios a shoaling fish?

The Orange Finned Danio is a shoaling fish that you should keep in groups of at least six individuals, although more is highly recommended as they always fare better in more extensive shoals.

How do you differentiate between males and females?

It is relatively easy to differentiate female from male Orange Finned Danio. Sexually mature females usually are wider and deeper-bodied as well as being slightly duller and a little larger than males. In contrast, males are slimmer and much more vibrantly coloured than females. This difference is apparent when the fish are in spawning condition.

What do Orange Finned Danios look like?

The Orange Finned Danio is an impressive little fish that grows up to 5 cm in length and has a torpedo-shaped body. There are two distinct colour morphs of the Orange Finned Danio; for example, the Ocelot Danio has moderate-sized dark spots covering the entire body, whereas the Orange Finned Danio displays those spots merging into a continuous line along its sides, giving it an entirely darker appearance.

What is the best aquarium set-up for Orange Finned Danios?

Orange Finned Danios Look especially effective in a heavily planted aquarium with a dark substrate and may appear paler in a sparsely decorated set-up. Orange Finned Danios will appreciate an aquarium that resembles a flowing stream or river, with a substrate of rocks, boulders or gravel and some driftwood. The aquarium needs to have a tight-fitting lid as these fish are accomplished jumpers and can fit through very small gaps.

What should you feed your Orange Finned Danios?

You should use good quality dried products as the staple diet. Still, it would be better if you supplemented this with regular meals of small live and frozen fares such as daphnia, artemia, bloodworm and suchlike so that your fish develop optimum conditioning and colouration.

What tankmates are suitable for Orange Finned Danios?

Orange Finned Danios have no unique demands when it comes to water chemistry; therefore, you can combine them with several popular fish in the hobby, including Tetras, Livebearers, small Cyprinids as well as anabantoids, rainbowfish, Loaches and Catfish.

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: 09/02/2021 - Updated: 10/01/2022 13:00:58