Rasbora kalochroma
 

82F
Explanation of the symbols

77F

Family : Cyprinidae
Origin : Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo
Length : 10 cm - 4"
Min. length aquarium : 100 cm - 40"
English names : Clown Rasbora, Big-Spot Rasbora
Lively, peaceful fish.  About this fish I found some contradictory reports. One source says every fish has his own territory, other sources say the are schooling fish that you should keep with at least 10 species.  The aquarium should be planted densely on the sides and background.  In the middle you should leave a lot of free swimming space.  A dark substrate and a dimmed light by using floating plants bring out the colours of the fish.

They are omnivorous. You should give them a great variety of live, frozen and dry food.

Breeding is very difficult.  A small number of eggs are laid and fertilized between fine leaved plants.  The parents should be well fed because they eat their own eggs.  It is wise to use a spawning grid or a thick layer of marbles.  After spawning the parents should be removed.  After 24-36 hours the eggs hatch.  When the young fishes are swimming free you can raise them with extremely fine infusoria like paramecia and rotifers.  After a while you can give them baby brine shrimp.  As soon as they accept this food they grow quickly.

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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