• Chili Rasboras (Boraras brigittae) and Strawberry Rasboras (Boraras naevus)
  • Chili Rasboras (Boraras brigittae) and Strawberry Rasboras (Boraras naevus)

Chili Rasboras (Boraras brigittae) and Strawberry Rasboras (Boraras naevus)

$ 17.95

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Chili Rasboras and Strawberry Rasboras, which are two different species with similar colors and markings, are the jewels in the crown of any nano aquarium into which they are placed.  Their bodies are mostly a translucent silver (which may become red once the fish adjust to a tank), with a more bright and opaque red or orange surrounding their black markings.  Their bold colors make these fish look like little gems in the aquarium, especially against dark substrate and bright green plants!  In adult fish, males tend to be more brightly-colored and feature a larger dark spot, while the females are usually larger with rounder bellies.  Their diminutive size makes these fish ideal for nano tanks!  We are offering a mix of these two special fish; the number of Chili Rasboras versus Strawberry Rasboras you receive will be completely random.

Chili Rasboras and Strawberry Rasboras are fairly easy to care for, as long as they live in stable water parameters with good water quality.  Like all rasboras and danios, these fish are completely peaceful and totally safe to keep with other fish (as long as the other fish are peaceful, too!), snails, shrimp, and live plants.   However, it is important to keep in mind that these fish are VERY small and can be rather timid, so they are not necessarily ideal for all types of community tanks.  They are a shoaling fish and can really only thrive in groups, which is why we sell them in groups of six and twelve.  The more of these fish there are in your tank, the less shy they will act.  When these fish are healthy and are placed in a well-cycled and densely planted aquarium, it is fairly likely that they will spawn, and you may see fry start to appear.  They should not be kept with other fish of the genus Boraras, as they may interbreed and produce less than desirable results.  These fish do best in tanks that have plants, rock, or driftwood that provides them with cover. 

Chili Rasboras and Strawberry Rasboras are are omnivores and are not too picky about eating.  They will likely eat fish flakes or pellets, but they need a varied diet in order to breed (if breeding them is something you are interested in).   Experienced keepers of these fish have found that their colors are brought out best when they are also fed some frozen or live foods (such as brine shrimp, bloodworms, daphnia, and artemia).  Our Strawberry Rasboras ship out as juveniles or young adults that are about a fourth to a half inch in length, and they may grow up to 1.25 inches. 


    What We Like About These Fish:
    • Interesting colors and markings
    • Small size makes them perfect candidates for nano aquariums
    • Completely peaceful
    • Safe to keep with plants
    • Temperature:  74° - 82° F (23° - 28° C) 
    • pH:  6.0 - 7.5
    • KH:  2 - 10 dKH
    • Minimum tank size:  5 gallons
    • Diet:  Omnivorous.  Should be fed a varied diet that can include most flake foods, algae wafers, and some frozen or live foods (such as brine shrimp, bloodworms, daphnia, and artemia)
    • Social behavior:  Peaceful, schooling/shoaling
    • Origin:  Tank-raised, but indigenous to Borneo and Indonesia
    • Average adult size:  1 - 1.25 inches (2.5 - 3.2 cm)
    • Average purchase size:  1/4 - 1/2 inch (.64 - 1.3 cm) 

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