Lambchop Rasbora (Trigonostigma Espei)
The Lambchop Rasbora, also known as Espei Rasbora, is a charming, small freshwater fish named after its dark, lambchop-shaped marking on its side. This beautiful species displays an orange-copper coloration with a black stripe running through the lambchop mark.
They grow to around 1.2-1.4 inches in length and should be kept in schools of at least 6-8 to promote natural behavior and reduce stress. Their peaceful temperament makes them compatible with other peaceful community fish of a similar size. Tank companions could include other rasboras, tetras, and small peaceful catfish.
Omnivorous by nature, Lambchop Rasboras will thrive on a diet of high-quality flake or pellet food, supplemented with live and frozen foods such as daphnia, brine shrimp, and bloodworms.
A well-planted aquarium with a sandy or fine gravel substrate, driftwood, and rocks will closely resemble their natural habitat. Use plants like Java fern, Anubias, and Cryptocoryne to create hiding spots and replicate their native shaded forest streams. Floating plants can help to diffuse the light entering the tank. Maintain soft, slightly acidic water conditions and stable water parameters for their well-being.
A minimum tank size of 10 gallons is recommended, with larger tanks being preferred for bigger schools. The ideal water parameters for these fish include a pH of 5.5-7.0, a hardness of 1-10 dGH, and a temperature range of 74-82°F (23-28°C).
Additionally, a securely fitted lid is essential to prevent escape, as the Lambchop Rasbora, like most rasboras, is an adept jumper.
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