Chili Rasbora (Boraras Brigittae)
The Chili Rasbora, also known as Mosquito Rasbora, is a tiny, vibrant freshwater fish with a stunning red-orange hue and a black stripe running through the middle of their body.
These peaceful and active fish are native to the peat swamp forests of Borneo, Indonesia. They grow to a maximum size of 0.8 inches, making them a perfect addition to nano tanks or small community aquariums. Chili Rasboras are schooling fish and should be kept in groups of at least six or more to promote their natural behavior and reduce stress. They are compatible with other small, peaceful fish and can coexist well with dwarf shrimp and snails.
These omnivorous fish primarily feed on tiny invertebrates in the wild. In an aquarium setting, they will thrive on a diet of high-quality micro pellets, crushed flakes, and frozen or live foods such as daphnia, baby brine shrimp, and microworms.
To create a suitable tank habitat, provide a well-planted aquarium with dim lighting and dark substrate, which will help to accentuate their vibrant colors. Use live plants such as Java moss, Java fern, and Cryptocoryne species to replicate their natural environment. Incorporate driftwood, leaf litter, and floating plants to offer additional cover and mimic their natural habitat.
Ensure the water is soft and acidic, with a stable temperature to keep these sensitive fish healthy. A minimum tank size of 10 gallons is recommended, with larger tanks being more suitable for larger schools. The ideal water parameters are a pH of 4.0-6.5, hardness of 1-8 dGH, and a temperature of 68-79°F (20-26°C).
Additionally, a securely fitted lid is essential to prevent escape, as the Chili Rasbora, like most rasboras, is an adept jumper.
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