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Rasbora Clown (Kalachroma)


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General Notes:

Clown rasboras live in forest streams which are heavily stained with tannins. As a result direct sunlight doesn't penetrate in to their environment and so the species does best in a low light set up. Bogwood, rockwork, twigs and dried leaves make ideal naturalistic decor for their aquarium. Clown rasboras are quite large and they are extremely active swimmers, as such they require a relatively large aquarium for their size. 250litres (typically a 48" x 18" x 18" aquarium should be considered the minimum size for a group of these fish. It is essential that these fish are kept in soft acidic water if they are to thrive. Groups of clown rasboras should have a ratio of one male to two females if possible and ideally at least twelve individuals.


In the wild their diet consists of mostly small inverts such as worms, crustaceans and molluscs. In captivity they are relatively unfussy and will accept a range of prepared food such as flake, suitably sized pellets but these should not be used alone. Fresh meaty food such as live or frozen bloodworms, daphnia, cyclops, brine shrimps, glass worms all should be a part of their regular diet in order to keep the fish in top condition.


Clown Rasboras are reliably peaceful and make excellent community fishes with other peaceful fish of a similar size.