Rasbora ( Rasbora daniconius) belong to the Cyprinidae family. They are the small and peaceful schooling fish that suits the aquarium very well. As they are schooling fish they like to live in groups. Therefore, these fish can be kept in groups of six or more. These fish look very beautiful with attractive and unique color patterns. They grow up to a size of two inches in length. Rasboras are carnivorous fish and feed mainly on bloodworm, daphnia and crustaceans. They have a characteristic that they can survive in a variety of water conditions.
Rasbora Breeding / Reproduction
Rasboras are very difficult species in the case of breeding. The female swims in an inverted position just beneath a chosen leaf and rub her belly along the leaf. It's a sign of getting prepared for the spawning and thus attracts a male to join her. Then the male approaches her and wraps around her body. And, further the male releases the sperm and fertilizes the eggs which is being released. The eggs are deposited in this fashion, which are 6 to 12 in numbers. This course of action goes around for 2 hours and the female may deposit as much as 300 eggs.
Rasboras Varieties :
Harlequin Rasbora (Rasbora heteromorpha): This is one of the most popular freshwater fish. It has been given the name as Harlequin rasbora because of its bright color. It has a wider body compared to the other member of its family. They have silver body with golden-colored tail and have yellow spot on the dorsal fin.
Galaxy Rasbora :
Galaxy Rasbora (Celestial Pearl Danio, Danio margaritatus), is a small fish found generally in Myanmar. This is a tiny fish, which grows to a size of (1.5 to 2) cm in length. They are found in small ponds.They are very colorful fish and their tail is much brighter than their body. These fish are shy in nature.
Dwarf Rasbora :
(Rasbora maculate): This is a small aquarium fish, which grows up to a size of (2-3) cm. They feed on brine shrimp and algae. They are found in Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore. They have a life span of about 2-5 years.
Rasbora espei (Trigonostigma espei) :
Rasbora espei, are bright and colorful fish. They grow up to a size of 4.5 cm. They feed on small live and frozen food. Males are found to be slimmer and brighter in color.
Mosquito Rasbora (Boraras brigittae) :
Mosquito Rasbora is the freshwater fish, which grows up to a size of (3-4) cm. They are small fish and like to live in groups. They feed on worms, small insects and crustaceans. They have a life span of 4-8 years.
Scissortail Rasbora (Rasbora trilineata) :
Rasbora trilineata is a peaceful schooling fish, which likes to live in the group. They are carnivorous and grow up to a size of 13 cm. They are white or black with stripes or spots on their body.
Axelrod's Rasbora (Rasbora axelrodi) :
Rasbora axelrodi is a very active and peaceful fish. It is also a schooling fish, which likes to live grouping group. These are very colorful in their look. They feed on bloodworms, tubifex and flakes. They grow up to a size of one and half inches.
Red line Rasbora (Rasbora pauciperforata) :
Red line Rasbora are small schooling fish and likes to live in groups. Red line Rasbora has an elongated body and a forked tail. They grow up to a size of 5 cm and has a life span of (3-5) years. They are found in Malaysia, Sumatra and Southeast Asia.