Fish of the Week: Rummy Nose Rasbora
The Rummy Nose Rasbora (Sawbwa resplendens), is a beautiful cooler-water nano fish that is very popular among aquarists because of its shoaling behavior, peaceful disposition, and small size. Ideal for community aquarium and stands out in planted aquarium with dark substrate. The Rummy Nose Rasbora typically occupies the top and middle level of the water column, can be seen feeding in the middle and bottom levels as well. It is safe with other peaceful, small fish and adult dwarf shrimp. Larger, peaceful invertebrates can also make good tank mates. The Rummy Nose Rasbora is best kept in schools of 6 or more, although larger schools are much more ideal since males will continually posture and compete for dominance. The shoaling behavior of a large group of this fish is fascinating. Adult males typically have brighter colorations especially the blue iridescent in the midsection of the body. Its natural habitat typically has slow water flow and can vary widely in pH level. Optimal coloration and health in planted aquariums with dark substrate, especially where floating plants are present. These fish are not picky eaters, but its best to feed varied diet of mostly carnivorous foods, like brine and tubifex worms.
RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
· Temperature: 64.4° – 72° F (18° – 22° C)
· pH: 6.0 -8.0
· KH: 3-12 dKH
· Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons
· Average Adult Size: 1 – 1.4 inches (2.5 – 3.5 cm)