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Aquaria - Rasbora

These popular, slender to slightly rhomboid shaped fish, without barbels, come mainly from the fresh waters of Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Lively, shoaling, egg laying, carnivores, they feed mainly on insects and insect larvae in the wild.

The Rasbora family are amongst the most popular of all aquarium fishes, with their sleek appearance and often bright colours endearing them to aquarists globally. Many of the popular species, like the Harlequin Rasbora, have been successfully bred in an aquarium environment and are an important part of the international ornamental fish trade.

This is a non-exhaustive list of the commonly kept members of the species:

Two spot Rasbora -Rasbora elegans

The largest and most common but not the most popular, Rasbora. Growing to 13cm, occupies the surface to mid-water areas of the aquarium. The prominent spots on its sides vary in intensity, being quite faint in some specimens.

Pygmy Rasbora - Rasbora maculata

An endangered species in the wild, this pretty, diminutive species only grows to 2.5cm. The Pygmy Rasbora lives in acid waters. It is similar in appearance to the Two-Spot Rasbora, but is much smaller and a lot more colourful. It is a delicate fish and not easily kept by amateur aquarists.

Einthoven's Rasbora - Rasbora einthovenii

Another fish that prefers slightly acidic water. Einthoven's Rasbora can be easily recognised by its black lateral stripe. This fish grows to 9cm and occupies the midwaters of the aquarium.

Banka Rasbora - Rasbora bankanensis

A fish that is on the edge of extinction in one its native sights, Singapore. Although still common in Johor state, Malaysia. The fish was first found on the Sumatran island of Banka where it is in decline. The fish attains a length of 10cm and occupies the midwaters of the aquarium.

Red-lined Rasbora - Rasbora leptosoma

An active shoaling fish that occupies the midwater levels of your aquarium. Growing to 7cm. This long fish has a forked tail. The upper parts are olive brown and the body is greyish brown down to a white belly. The red stripe is only developed under favourable conditions, the bright red stripe that runs from the tip of the nose, through the upper part of the iris to the caudal fin.

Red-tailed Rasbora - Rasbora borapetensis

This is a common, very hardy Rasbora; growing to 6cm this fish occupies the midwater levels of your aquarium. Native to Northern Malaysia and parts of Thailand. Harlequin Rasbora - Rasbora heteromorpha Greatly endangered in the wild now, this fish is an attractive, common aquarium fish. Growing to 5cm this Rasbora is easily identified by its large triangular spot on its side. The fish will occupy the midwaters of your aquarium.

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