Another beautiful little Rasbora from the exotic, deep-brown blackwater streams and peat swamps of Kalimantan, Borneo, the "Glowlight Rasbora" is ridiculously colorful, interesting, and enjoyable to keep. It certainly lives up to the name "Glowlight", with it's bright colors and active demeanor!
The endangered peat swamps from which the fish are native feature darkly-tinted water filled with leaves and other botanical materials, and have very soft, acidic (as low as 4.0ph!) water. So, yeah, these fish are the perfect subjects for a blackwater, botanical-style aquarium! And a well-executed biotope-style aquarium featuring a representation of this habitat is always a sight to behold!
Although they come from low pH habitats in nature, they can adapt to more manageable low pH aquariums (like in the 6.2-6.6 range). Of course, they're perfectly suited for blackwater systems, where the humic substances produced by leaves and other botanical materials offer a definite health benefit to the fish. Ligthing is not critical, although the aquarium should be well-established, and chemically and biologically stable, without significant fluctuations in environmental parameters. We like to keep them at temperatures around 77-78 degrees Fahrenheit.
These colorful little fish don't need a large aquarium; however, they need sufficient space to school and to engage in courtship rituals. We offer them in a group of 10 specimens to facilitate this behavior. Like the others in their group, Glowlight Rasboras may be kept with other small, peaceful fishes which come from similar environmental conditions, such as small Gouramis, wild Bettas, and other small Rasbora species.
Being micropredators, these little guys will eat a variety of small crustaceans, so food like Daphnia, baby Brine Shrimp, and fruit flies will be perfect for them. You can adapt them to eat prepared foods, like flakes and pellets, once they've acclimated to aquarium life.
Mike’s Notes:"The Glowlight or Hengeli Rasbora have been a favorite in the planted tank/aquascaping scene for some time, and for good reason. But I have to say that this is a fish which tends to show its best colors in a richly-tinted environment – closer to the sort of habitat where they would be found in the wild. Although a small fish, the specimens we source tend to be on the larger side and are already well-acclimated to aquarium life by the time they arrive at our facility. This is in part because of our supplier in Indonesia, who I have spent time working on-site with, maintains most of their wild fish in appropriate conditions and acclimates them to aquarium life before shipping out – right down to the use of Catappa leaves in their holding water. The fish we offer are enthusiastically feeding on flakes, very small pellets, and granules – although varying their diet with the addition of frozen and live feeds is always a good idea."
SOURCE: Net collected Borneo
CARE LEVEL: Intermediate
NATURAL DIET: Small invertebrates, insects, and zooplankton
COMPATIBILITY: Best kept with smaller, more peaceful fishes, or in a dedicated species aquarium
MAXIMUM SIZE: Approx. 1"
IDEALLY SUITED FOR: Blackwater/botanical-style aquariums (soft, acidic water)
NOTE: This photo is for illustrative purposes only. You will be receiving specimens which look similar to the ones shown in our photo, but should expect variations in color.
SHIPPING AND HANDLING FOR LIVESTOCK ORDERS OF ANY SIZE IS $42.00. FREE SHIPPING ON DRYGOODS WHEN PURCHASED WITH LIVESTOCK! (SHIPPED SEPARATELY!)
ALL LIVESTOCK ARE GUARANTEED FOR 14-DAYS FROM THE DATE OF ARRIVAL! SEE OUR "SHIPPING AND HANDLING" SECTION FOR MORE INFORMATION.