Celestial Pearl DanioBy: Tolley
Female Celestial Pearl Danio - Picture by fishalicious
Celestial Pearl Danios - Picture by fishalicious
Scientific Name: Celestichthys Margaritatus (Previously Microrasboras sp. Galaxy)
Common Name: Celestial Pearl Danio, Galaxy Rasboras, Fireworks Rasboras.
Maximum Size: 2.5cm / 1 Inch
Origin: Hopong, Myanmar (Burma) South-East Asia.
Family: Cyprinidae (Carps and Minnows)
Order: Cypriniformes (Carps)
Class: Actinopterygii (Ray finned fishes)
Temperature: 20-25°c / 68-77°f
Ph Range: 6-8
The Celestial Pearl Danio is still fairly new to the aquarium hobby. Being only discovered back in August 2006. It is thought that over collecting these fish nearly brought the fish to extinction in the wild although it has now been discovered that many populations of the species exist in very remote parts inaccessible to foreigners. When they first came into the aquarium trade they were in high demand, so the prices were very expensive though now they have slowly go down to around to an average of £3.00 ($6) per fish. Which is still quite costly for such a small fish.
This fish has beautiful colours of a dark blue base colour covered in pearly spots along with bright red/orange fins. These amazing colours will show best against a planted aquarium with good lighting. They are very quick fish! Trying to get pictures of these fish is near enough impossible! They prefer to be kept in shoals of at least six fish to be generally happier and more active. They can be kept in small tanks, as they will not grow over 1inch long. But should not be kept in tanks less than 5 gallons. Celestial Pearl Danios have small stomachs so be careful not to overfeed, they will accept a wide range of foods and should be fed well on small quality foods such as micro pellets and absolutely love treats of live daphnia.
Sexing and Breeding Celestial Pearl Danio:
In a group sexing can be easy, the females will be overall duller coloured with more pale red fins. They will also be a bit fatter; even though these fish are generally ‘chunky’ this can be easily seen when with males. The males with also have orangey stomachs and have black bars on the anal fin unlike the females. These fish can be bred quite easily much alike other cyprinidae species. Breeding would be very similar to this article.
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