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April 20, 2012

 Living among the fishes of the Borneo flooded aquascapes of the Kapuas River basin there is a fish that has a beauty I cannot adequately describe. Its body is a pinkish/reddish color, but if you look closely you'll see green and purple hues shining across the elongated body of Rasbora kalochroma "Clown Rasbora". It isn't florescent blue or visually striking from across the room, it's just a pinkish/reddish fish with 3 spots on its side, but I have seen what these fish are capable of being. They feed like a pack of hungry White Tip Reef Sharks! Growing to nearly 4", it is a gem for any hobbyist who knows about them. The fry of the Clown Rasboras were first believed to be Boraras maculata "Pygmy Rasbora". They spend most of their time in the upper regions of the tank, and they are overly excited to see any bits of food that may be floating on the surface. They are a great, active fish whose behavior is bound to make you smile.

Rasbora kalachroma

September of 2007 marked a day that would make a fascinating discovery for researcher Dr. Tan Heok Hui. While he was at a local fish exporter’s facility collecting some Rasbora kalochroma “Clown Rasbora” for research, another Cyprinid was found. After a few field trips, Rasbora patrickyapi “Patrick’s Rasbora” would be discovered living next to R. kalochroma in shallow slow-flowing swamp areas of the Katingan and Kahayan river basins in Kalimantan, Borneo. There is still little known about these wonderful rasboras as they are rarely (if ever!) exported from Borneo. My search would not find a maximum size, but I would guess somewhere around the 3-4” range. If I were you, I would not let these swim by!

Rasbora patrickyapi

Moving down the Belayan River drainage of the lower Mahakam River in Kalimantan Timur, Borneo you will find Rasbora lacrimula “Red Cherry Rasbora” in the small streams near palm oil plantations. These waters are generally shallow being only a meter deep, and are very clean due to they flow slowly through sand and mud. The Red Cherry Rasbora is still a fairly new import having been introduced to the hobby in 2010. Even with its limited appearance, the Cyprinid is finding its way around aquarium stores across the globe because of its elegant red coloration and small stature growing to just over an inch!

Rasbora lacrimula

Known only from the island of Sumatra, Mystus bimaculatus “Sumatran Two-Spot Cat” is a perfect companion for many mid-size to larger Cyprinids. Reaching to around 3.5” the Sumatran Two-Spot Cat is found in the peat swamps throughout the island. It searches for small crustaceans, but in the aquarium it is very unfussy like most cats. Feeding a wide range of pellets to bloodworms will ensure a healthy cat. I love to watch them fumble their way through my tank with their reddish brown bodies and the big black spot on the side and the spot in front of the tail. Their long barbells sniff everything in hopes of finding a pellet or two left over from the morning feeding. I know you'll enjoy watching them play with one another as much as I do!

Mystus bimaculatus

That will do it for this week. As always be sure to swing by our website for the current list, or just click on the products link below. I would like to encourage any and all questions you may have by reaching out through email or by phone. I hope to see you all back here. Thanks again!

Anthony Perry
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