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The Red Flame Rasbora is also known as the Red Fire Rasbora, Pearly Rasbora or Flower Rasbora, and is a species freshwater fish of the Rasbora fish family. The Red Flame Rasbora is a peaceful shoaling species and enjoys a planted aquarium in groups of 8 or more. More suited to the intermediate aquarist due to their sensitivity during water changes.

Native to South Western Sri Lanka found in the Kalu, Bentota, Gin, and Nilwala river basins, the Red Flame Rasbora is naturally found in densely vegetated black water streams. They are a timid species and will gain confidence with lots of hiding spaces and in groups.


Features of Red Flame Rasbora's:

  • Pearlescent body of red, pink and orange hues with darkening of colour on fins
  • Male Red Flame Rasbora's are slimmer & brighter than females
  • Active during the daytime & rest at night
  • Grows up to 4-5cm

The Best Aquarium Size for Red Flame Rasbora's:

The minimum tank size for a small group of Red Flame Rasboras is 25L. The Red Flame will occupy the top to middle water column in the aquarium.

Due to their small size, smaller aquariums will accommodate this fish, however we always recommend going with larger aquariums if your budget allows. 

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Tank Mate Compatibility:

The Red Flame Rasbora is a shoaling fish and should be kept in schools of 8 or more. This species finds security within the group. They are a timid species that do best with other small shy species of fish. 

Great tank mates for Red Flame Rasbora's include:

 Coburg Aquarium, specialize in a large range of species of live fish.

Feeding :

Red Flame Rasbora's have tiny mouths so keep this in mind when selecting food. We recommend feeding three times a day a combination of pellets or flakes, live or frozen food like brine shrimp, & bloodworms.

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Red Flame Rasbora Fish Tank Setup:

Aquarium Filtration

Naturally found in slow moving streams, mimic the Red Flame rasbora’s natural environment by using a good aquarium filter that won’t create strong water movements. They are sensitive to water changes and fluctuations in water quality, so ensure adequate filtration.

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Aquatic Plants for Red Flame Rasbora's

The Red Flame Rasbora is naturally found in heavily vegetated water systems and finds security and comfort in heavily planted aquariums. It provides shade & spaces to hide to ensure happy fish. 

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Tank Decorations for Red Flame Rasbora's

Red Flame Rasbora's enjoy black water aquariums and acidic water. The colour of fish are enhanced when conditions are ideal and fish are less stressed. Add driftwood and natural decorations that release tannins to mimic their natural environment.

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Substrate for Red Flame Rasbora's

Dark coloured substrates enhance the colour of the fish and help lower light levels, reducing stress. 

A variety of Substrates are available at Coburg Aquarium. 

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Aquarium Set-up Service:

Our design team enables us to create the tank you desire, install your tank where you wish to and provide a maintenance service to ensure everything runs smoothly. We can create almost any aquarium from the small home aquarium to large commercial aquariums for offices, hotels or restaurants. Coburg Aquarium, Australia's leading aquarium shop.

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