Rasboras are probably some of the most favorite aquarium fish. They do not only look nice, but they are extremely active and can give life to an empty tank.
Many beginners choose them as their first fish, as they are easy to maintain and pleasant to watch.
Although there are dozens of types of Rasboras, not all of them are commonly found in tanks. However, they all have the same main requirements, so you can hold different types in the same tank.
Here are some of the most popular types of Rasboras:
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Black Line Rasbora
If you ever went into a pet shop, you probably noticed this fish. Originally it is found in polluted waters in Asia, but it can live a healthy life in any tank.
The name comes from the black line that runs from the head to the tail of the fish. You can also find this type under the name “Red spotted Rasbora” because it has a red spot next to its tail.
This fish is suitable for small tanks and it can be held with other peaceful fish not trying to bite its fins.
In nature, this fish lives in slow-moving water, which means a large empty tank is not exactly suitable for them. To make sure they live a healthy life, you should raise them in a heavily planted tank with plenty of spaces to hide.
If you want to reproduce this type of Rasbora, you have to decrease the light to a minimum and bring into the tank as many dense plants as possible; this will make them feel like they are in their natural habitat and it will provide a safe place for the babies.
The Clown Rasbora has an orange body with black spots, and it is often confused with Harlequin Rasbora.
Unlike the previous type, this one is generally found in clean waters. It needs a large tank, preferably with a lot of plants to lead its calm life with other fish.
It has a black, triangular shaped black dot right next to its tail, this being the most recognizable particularity of this type. The body is orange, but not as large as the Clown Rasbora.
The best way to keep these fish is in a large schooling group to swim together and feel safe.
If you love Rasbora, but you want them in the larger version, then the Scissortail Rasbora will be a pleasant surprise. It is probably the largest variety and it can reach up to 3 inches.
You can recognize it by its silver body and small spots on its tail fins. Don’t be fooled by its size; this fish is as peaceful as any other Rasbora and it is not a good idea to keep it in a tank with aggressive fish that will attack all the time.
The preferred food is fish flakes, insects, and as a treat, small crustaceans.
This is one of the smallest Rasboras, less than one inch, but also one of the most active ones. If you have a group of Dwarf Rasboras in your tank, you will never be bored!
They will spend their time chasing each other and making your aquarium looking more alive than ever. It can have a silver or orange body and black spots everywhere.
It is extremely sensitive to dirty water, so pay special attention to this aspect if you decide to bring Dwarf Rasboras. Apart from this, provide various hiding places that will not make the fish feel exposed in front of other aggressive species.
Rasboras are great!
No matter what kind of Rasbora you decide to keep, it is important to prepare the tank and to limit the number of fish. Since you have so many types to choose from, you can easily keep only Rasboras in your tank.
In this way you will have a colorful and diverse population of fish and you will be sure at all times they will not hurt each other.
If you want to reproduce them, you just have to put the couple in a separate tank and create the proper conditions for them to breed.
Soon enough you will find dozens of small Rasboras that will grow to populate your tank and help you learn more about these wonderful creatures.