Chilli Rasbora (Boraras Brigittae) Fish Species Profile
The Chili Rasbora is one of the most petite tropical fish in the aquarium hobby. The fish are not true Rasboras and were placed in the Boraras genus in 1993.
This fish does not make an ideal community fish due to its small size and rather timid nature. However, with their kind, they are a beautiful, peaceful, easy species to keep and will certainly liven up an aquarium.
The Chili Rasbora has a reddish colour body with a dark stripe along its side. An intense red bar sits above the dark line, creating a beautiful contrast.
They also have a small dark spot at the base of the anal fin and tail fin. Male Chili Rasboras also display red highlights on their dorsal and anal fins.
|Scientific Name||Boraras Brigittae|
|Other Names||Mosquito Rasbora|
|Aquarium Level||Middle - Top|
|Difficulty||Beginner - Intermediate|
|Best kept as||Groups 10+|
|Lifespan||4 - 8 years|
|Maximum Size||up to 2 cm|
|Temperature||74 - 82 ℉ (23.3 - 27.8 ℃)|
|PH||4.5 - 7.5|
|GH||3 - 8|
|TDS||18 - 179|
Chili Rasboras are native to Southwestern Borneo, Indonesian province of Kalimantan Tengah and Kalimantan Selatan in South East Asia.
They inhabit blackwater streams, swamps, pools and rivers.
The conditions of these sort of swamps and streams are very distinct. The water is dark in these habitats because of the degrading organic materials that fall into the water like twigs, leaves and branches.
Chili Rasboras are not demanding when it comes to nutrition and diet. It is not a fussy eater and will eat most types of foods they are given.
Their diet needs to be balanced and varied so feed them high-quality micropellets and crushed flakes as well as small frozen foods such as mini-bloodworm, cyclops and baby brine shrimp. Just keep in mind that they have tiny mouths.