Danio leopard fish is quite popular among aquarium lovers. Under natural conditions, Danio leopard is not found, it is believed that this species appeared as a result of the Danio rerio mutation.
Danio leopard is a member of the Karpov family. The body of the fish is slender, elongated in length, somewhat flattened from the sides. Its length by six months usually reaches 6 cm. Near the mouth of the fish are from one to two pairs of antennae.
Unlike Danio rerio, the leopard fish has a slightly different color and is covered with dots instead of stripes. Body color varies from white-gray to golden in color with a lot of randomly scattered dark spots. Sometimes these spots in the caudal stem merge into uneven lines. Small dark specks can also cover yellowish fins. The color of males is more intense than that of females.
The veil variety of Danio leopard was selected by breeding. Representatives of this species are distinguished by long caudal fins hanging down.
For the most part, the Danio leopard is a carnivorous species, which means that it is preferable to feed the fish with live food. These can be cyclops, daphnia, or home-grown worms. You can also use combined feeds with herbal supplements. The mouth apparatus of Danio leopard is located in such a way that it is more convenient to eat from the surface of the water. Therefore, these fishes eat well any food in the upper layers of the water. The amount of food should be plentiful, as the fish are very active and consume a lot of energy.
Maintenance and care
Danio leopard - flocking fish that feel good in groups of 7 individuals. These are very mobile, jumping and loving inhabitants of aquariums who live in different layers of water, but often prefer to stay near a well-lit surface of the water. Flocks of Danio leopard can adjoin with any peaceful and medium-sized fish. Aquarium for such inhabitants is better to choose a large and spacious, having a cover glass. Fish are indifferent to aquarium plants, so the aquarium can be planted with decorative and demanding plants. However, it is necessary to provide free areas for swimming. Despite the fact that Danio leopards can withstand low temperatures, it is advisable to maintain the temperature of the water in the aquarium between 20-24 ° C. A weekly replacement of a fifth of the water in the aquarium is recommended.
By the fifth month of life, Danio leopard is ready for the first spawning. A spawning aquarium is needed not very large, with a water level of 10 to 15 cm. It is desirable to maintain the temperature in it at 22–28 ° C - this will serve as an incentive for spawning. A separator grid is placed at the bottom of the aquarium, as fish usually eat caviar. After being placed in the spawning grounds, manufacturers must take care of their varied and abundant feeding. As a rule, spawning begins with the appearance of the first rays of the sun. After morning spawning, producers are spawned from spawning in order to avoid parents eating eggs. After 2–4 days, fry appear from the eggs, which after the same period of time begin to swim. They feed the fry with ciliates, nauplii, rotifers, gradually transferring them to large feeds as they grow. It is imperative to monitor the state of water in the aquarium, as in a polluted environment, fry will grow weak and faded.