The Phoenix Rasbora (Boraras merah)
The Phoenix Rasbora, also known as Red Rasbora, is a tiny, brightly-colored freshwater fish that adds a touch of vibrancy to any aquarium. Boasting an eye-catching reddish-orange hue.
These petite swimmers reach a maximum length of just 0.8 inches. They have a peaceful temperament and should be kept in schools of at least 6-8 to encourage social interaction and reduce stress. They make excellent tank mates for other peaceful, small fish species. Tank companions could include other rasboras, tetras, small peaceful catfish, and shrimp.
Phoenix Rasboras are omnivorous, thriving on a diet of high-quality micro-flake or pellet food, as well as small live and frozen foods such as daphnia, brine shrimp, and baby brine shrimp.
A well-planted aquarium with a dark substrate, driftwood, and rocks will help mimic their natural habitat, providing shelter and promoting their vibrant colors. Floating plants can be used to create shade and diffuse light, resembling their native blackwater environments. Ensure stable water parameters and maintain soft, acidic water conditions for their optimal health.
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 4.0-7.0, a hardness of 1-10 dGH, and a temperature range of 68-82°F (20-28°C).
Additionally, a securely fitted lid is essential to prevent escape, as the Phoenix Rasbora, like most rasboras, is an adept jumper.
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