Danio are susceptible to Oodinium, (Velvet disease).
- microscopic parasite that block the gills of fish.
Scratchs against hard objects
Fish is lethargic
Loss of appetite and weight loss
Rapid, labored breathing
Fins clamped against body
Fine yellow or rusty colored film on skin
In advanced stages skin peeks off
Initially the fish rub against hard objects trying to dislodge the parasites. As the disease progresses the fish becomeslethargic, fins are held close to the body, appetite is reduced and the fish loses weight. A key symptom is difficultbreathing, resulting in rapid gilling.
Perhaps the most telltale symptom is the appearance of a velvety film on the skin that resembles gold or rust coloreddust. The film may be difficult to see, but can be more easily detected by directing a beam of a flashlight on the fish ina darkened room. The parasite is most often seen on the fins and gills.
Raise water temperature
Dim lights for several days
Add aquarium salt
Treat with copper sulphate for ten days
Discontinue carbon filtration during treatment
- The fish is named for its five uniformly, pigmented, horizontal blue stripes on the side of the body; allextending to the anal fin onto the end of caudal fin rays of its tail. The males have gold stripes between the blue stripesand females have silver stripes instead of gold.
- pearly blue-violet hued body is accented by an orange-red stripe running from tail to mid-body. Malesare smaller, slimmer, and more colorful, often showing a red tint along the ventral aspect.
- have spots on its body similar to that of a leopard spots.
- are similar to Zebra Danio in that it also have strips yellow-golden and white strips on the sides of thebody;
- have a blank line in their side, and below the line, small black spots can be seen.
- this danio can grow to 6 inches (15 cm). They are characterized by a blue and yellow torpedo shapedbody with gray and clear fins.