March 23, 2010 by  
Filed under Rasboras

Rasboras belong to the minnow family, Cyprinidae. This is the largest family of fishes, with over two thousand species.  There are many different rasboras, but the most Rasboras are great for community tankspopular is the harlequin rasbora. Rasboras live in slow moving streams with tons of vegetation. Keep this in mind when setting up your tank: dense vegetation, subdued light, and an open area for swimming. Give them hiding places and include some floating plants. They prefer a dark substrate.

Rasboras are very pretty, peaceful and elegant. They are schooling fish ideal for community tanks. You can start with 3 or 4, and then add more. Eight or nine of these cuties can be a lot of fun to watch. Some people keep only rasboras in their tank!

Rasboras are perfect for beginners, since they are easy to care for and quite resilient. They can grow from 2 to 7 inches, and they can live up to 3 years.

They are easy to keep. Water temperature should be around 74 degrees Fahrenheit but they can tolerate temperature variations of one or two degrees.

Rasboras love insects, but they'll do fine with flake food.

They are very peaceful and never aggressive, so their tankmates should have similar temperaments. Rasboras are great starter fish!