Siamese Dwarf Rasbora - Planted Tank Mates

Siamese Dwarf Rasbora

3/4″ | 8 or more | 10 gal

PH 6-7 | Peaceful

Trigonostigma somphongsi

Characteristics:

Max Size: 3/4″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 82

PH: 6 – 7

dGH: 2– 8

dKH: 3 – 6

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 8 or more

Tank Mates

Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Corydoras, Guppies, Mollies, Loaches, Otocinclus, peaceful barbs and shrimps.

Notes

Siamese Dwarf Rasboras are another nano fish species that prefer softer water conditions.  They should be kept in large groups to feel comfortable and safe, so aim for more than 8 if possible.  Although they can get by in a 5 gallon tank, 10 gallons is recommended for a good shoal effect.  Keep water parameters stable as they’re sensitive to fluctuations and nitrates.

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ImageSiamese dwarf rasbora (Trigonostigma somphongsi).Celestial pearl or Galaxy rasbora fish (Danio margaritatus)Red rainbowfish (Glossolepis incisus).Tiger barb (Puntius tetrazona).Longfin serpae tetra fish (Hyphessobrycon eques).Bosemani rainbowfish (Melanotaenia boesemani).
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Description

3/4" | 8 or more | 10 gal

PH 6-7 | Peaceful

3/4" | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6.5 - 7.5 | Peaceful

5" | 6 or more | 30 gal

PH 7 - 8 | Peaceful

3” | 6 or more | 30 gal

PH 6-8 | Semi-Aggres.

2" | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

4" | 6 or more | 30 gal

PH 7 - 8 | Peaceful

Content

Trigonostigma somphongsi

Characteristics:

Max Size: 3/4″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 82

PH: 6 - 7

dGH: 2– 8

dKH: 3 – 6

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 8 or more

Tank Mates

Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Corydoras, Guppies, Mollies, Loaches, Otocinclus, peaceful barbs and shrimps.

Notes

Siamese Dwarf Rasboras are another nano fish species that prefer softer water conditions.  They should be kept in large groups to feel comfortable and safe, so aim for more than 8 if possible.  Although they can get by in a 5 gallon tank, 10 gallons is recommended for a good shoal effect.  Keep water parameters stable as they're sensitive to fluctuations and nitrates.

Danio margaritatus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 3/4″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 68° – 74°

PH: 6.5 – 7.5

dGH: 3 – 10

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Guppies, Loaches, Otocinclus, dwarf shrimp and snails

Notes

Celestial Pearl Danios, or CPD for short, are relatively new in the fishkeeping world.  They were discovered in the early 2000’s and were initially called Galaxy Rasboras or Fireworks Rasbora.  They’re super popular for their trout-like spotted bodies and bright orange fins.  For a fish that gets only about 3/4” in size, their distinct features really pop out in a community tank.  A bonus is that they can tolerate a wider range of water parameters making them easy to breed.

Learn about Celestial Pearl Danio breeding here.

Glossolepis incisus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 5″

Care Level: Intermediate

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 75° – 82°

PH: 7 – 8

dGH: 8 – 20

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 30 gal

Grouping: 6

Tank Mates

 Cherry Barbs, Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Dwarf Gouramis, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Guppies, Plecos, Dwarf Corydoras, Loaches, Otocinclus and even Dwarf Shrimp.

Notes

Also known as New Guinea Rainbowfish, Red Rainbowfish are larger than the Boesemani and require hard water parameters.  They do well in a community with many nano fish including cherry barbs.  Minimize plant and decoration density and aim for 48" long tank to give them ample swimming space.

Puntigrus tetrazona

Characteristics:

Max Size: 3″

Care Level: Intermediate

Behavior: Semi-Aggressive

Dwelling: Middle of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 82

PH: 6 – 8

dGH: 3 - 10

dKH: 4 – 7

Tank Size: 30 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Active and fast swimming community fish like Zebra Danios, Cories, Loaches, Platies and Rad-tailed sharks.

Avoid slowing moving, long finned fish like Bettas, Guppies, Gouramis, dwarf shrimps and small snails.

Notes

Fin Nippers!  They may also nip at slower moving fish or fish with long-flowing fins.  Shy, timid and slow community fish may not get to eat.

Hyphessobrycon eques var. Longfin

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle of Tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 68° – 75°

PH: 6 – 7.5

dGH: 4 – 8

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Guppies, Loaches, Otocinclus, dwarf shrimp and snails

Notes

Serpae Tetras are also known as Red Minor Tetra, Jewel Tetra or Callistus Tetras, and are great beginner fish.  The Longfin variant will have longer and more flowy dorsa and anal fins.  They often have a black spot on their body and can get confused with Red Phantom Tetras.  The Serpae Tetras dorsal and anal fin have red and transition to black with white tips.  You can keep them in a 10 gallon tank, but push for a 20 gallon with larger groups. Avoid aggressive or territorial species or large fish with big mouths.

Melanotaenia boesemani

Characteristics:

Max Size: 4″

Care Level: Intermediate

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 75° – 82°

PH: 7 – 8

dGH: 8 – 20

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 30 gal

Grouping: 6

Tank Mates

 Cherry Barbs, Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Dwarf Gouramis, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Guppies, Plecos, Dwarf Corydoras, Loaches, Otocinclus and even Dwarf Shrimp.

Notes

Although larger in size, Boesemani Rainbowfish are peaceful middle dwellers with small mouths.  They do well in a community with many nano fish including cherry barbs.  Minimize plant and decoration density and aim for 48" long tank to give them ample swimming space.

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