Leopard Danio (Danio rerio 'Leopard')

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Leopard Danio

Danio rerio 'Leopard'

57 Litres (15 US G.)

6.4-7.6cm (2.5-3 ")




6.5 - 7.5

18.3-23.9°C (65 -75 °F)

6-16 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

3-5 years



This animal is available captive bred

Additional names

Leopard Danio

Additional scientific names

Brachydanio rerio 'Leopard'


The Leopard Danio is a popular colour morph of the Zebra Danio.


Females are broader and more full in the belly.

Tank compatibility[edit]

This is a peaceful fish and should be housed with other peaceful fish. Leopard Danios can be fin-nippers if not kept in proper shoal and should therefore be kept in groups of 5 or more. Their extremely active nature can also bother shy or slow moving fish such as Gouramis. They can be used as dither fish.


Will take flake and pellet food as well as live/frozen food such as bloodworm, brine shrimp and daphnia.

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit]

This fish enjoys planted tanks, however, it prefers room to swim over a heavily planted tank. This fish MUST have room to swim back and forth, therefore a long tank of at least 76 Litres (20 US G.) is preferred over a tall tank or hexagon.


Leopard Danios are very social, extremely active creatures. Primarily occupying the top levels of the tank, they do best in groups with room to swim and chase each other. If too few Danios are kept in an aquarium, they will harass other fish and may turn to fin nipping.


Identical in every way to the Zebra Danio except for instead of stripes, this fish has many dark spots down its flanks. Long-fin varieties are becoming increasingly popular.


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