The danio choprae or dano choprai belongs to the cyprinid family. It is one of the smallest and most colorful danios. It is native to Burma in Asia, it is found particularly in the Irrawaddy River.
Anatomy of the danio choprae
The danio choprae is called in English “Glowlight danio“. This name refers to the bright orange longitudinal band that runs through his body. it also has vertical stripes ranging from blue to black on the flanks. The fins are transparent with bluish tints and are bordered with orange-yellow.
The danio choprae measures between 3 and 4 cm, the males are slender and more colorful than the females.
Specific needs and nutrition
The danio choprae should be kept in fresh water, GH between 5 ° and 10 °. The ideal temperature is between 23 ° and 26 °. Unlike its cousin danio rerio, which requires fresh water, danio choprae lives in water that is compatible with many other community aquarium fish.
The danio choprae should be acclimated in a very gradual manner, preferably in a drip-like manner because it is very sensitive to environmental changes.
The aquarium must be well planted, danio choprae likes to be safe when needed. Indeed, these small fish are not shy as a rule but in case of agitation around the aquarium, they can completely disappear in the vegetation! The danio choprae lives in all areas of the aquarium: surface, middle and lower, but most of the time it occupies the middle zone. It is an extremely bright fish and therefore will not be kept in a small aquarium, a minimum volume of 100 liters is necessary.
Danios choprae are gregarious, so it is imperative to maintain them in groups of at least 12 to 15 individuals. They do not stay particularly in a tight bench except in case of stress. They will be able to share a community aquarium if they are associated with small species because their small size makes them easy prey. At home, the Danios share the aquarium with hengeli rasboras and corydoras. They mix very well with the rasboras.
Regarding food, the danio choprae feeds in the nature of small prey, so they naturally appreciate the artemias, bloodworms … They also accept without problem the dry food provided to choose glitter and granules suitable for small fish.
Reproduction of the danio choprae
The danio choprae seems to be easy to reproduce, however, I have not seen any reproductions so far. A priori, reproduction is identical to that of danios rerios.
To try breeding, you need a specific aquarium with fresh water and fine-leaved plants like java moss, ceratophyllum demersum, which will welcome the eggs. The concern is that danios choprae are sensitive to stress, and this change of environment can be problematic … so you have to handle them with care.
Parents should be richly fed with live or frozen food and some slightly cooler water can be brought. After the laying, the parents will be removed. The fry are born about 24 hours later and must be fed, once the vittelin bag is resorbed, with infusoirs or pickups.
Danio choprae or choprai – Glowlight danio – Aquarium Pictures