Species group: Rasboras
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Scientific name: Boraras merah
The Phoenix Rasbora is a small member of the Cyprinidae family of fish, and is native to the island of Borneo in Indonesia. It inhabits slow moving, peaty streams and ponds, and feeds on small insects and crustaceans, and zooplankton.
The Phoenix Rasbora is a peaceful but shy fish preferring the company of its own species. They love to school together in community tanks.
A 25-gallon tank is adequate for housing the Phoenix Rasbora. Floating plants and dark soil substrates can also be added. Dense plantation providing shady vegetation brings out the best colors of this species. However, sufficient swimming space is also maintained in the upper and middle levels of the tank for swimming. Peat filtration can also be provided. Partial water changes are sufficient but soft water conditions (slightly acidic) are ideal for long term care.In captivity, Boraras merah requires a dimly lit, densely planted tank with acidic water conditions. As it is a schooling fish, it needs to be kept in groups of at least 8 - 10 fish.