The Harlequin Rasbora is a small cichlid fish native to the rivers and streams of Southeast Asia. These highly popular fish are known for their beautiful colors and peaceful demeanor. In addition, growing to an average of only two inches makes taking care of these fish following their tank requirements relatively minimal. Aquarists love them for all these reasons.
Harlequin Rasboras are unique in that they have a diamond-shaped body with more girth on their torso and a pointed head and backend taper. They tend to have a bright pink and orange hue for their coloring, but these markings can range from one individual to the next. These colors include the fins as well as the body.
The Harlequin Rasbora is a naturally docile species, so not much conflict occurs in their tanks. However, it is crucial to avoid putting these small, timid fish in a tank with larger, more aggressive species that will torment them due to their small size. These fish tend to pair best with larger numbers of their own species due to their natural shoaling habits.
While experts recommend keeping the tankmates for the Harlequin Rasbora to members of its own species, experimentation has found other fish species that do well with them. Most of these are of a similar size with a docile nature. These include the Rummy Nose Tetra, Neon Tetras, Dwarf Gouramis, Cherry Barbs, Danios, Cory Catfish, Bolivian Ram, Mollies, and Kuhli Loach.
The Harlequin Rasbora species are omnivores in their natural habitat. Their diets focus on a mix of vegetation, small insects, and other invertebrates. Therefore, it can be tricky to find the right balance of food for their optimal health and color in captivity. Generally, the healthier the fish, the brighter the color it has. This also holds true for the Harlequin Rasbora.
Due to their small size, aquarists must be careful with fish food pellets as they may be too large for this species to consume. Fish flakes make a possible option as they can easily fit into their mouths. You can also add live food into their diets. This includes bloodworms, Daphnia, and brine shrimp. All these provide the protein they need for a healthy existence.
How many Harlequin Rasbora can you keep in a tank together?
Experts recommend keeping eight to ten of these species together due to their shoaling nature.
Are Harlequin Rasbora fish healthy?
While much of this depends on diet, typically, these fish are healthy and rarely get ill.
While this is a rare occurrence, it can and will happen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that every one will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fish arrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag within 2 hours of the delivery time of your fish. We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem.
We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We can replace fish butshipping costs is the responsibilityof the buyer.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures,within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolve the issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
Most Shipments will be 2-day unless otherwise noted. We shipfish on Mondays and Tuesdays only (excluding holidays) to ensure fish arrive before weekends. This allows us to completely prepare the fish for shipping andensure they are healthy prior to arriving at your door. All fish will be shipped with oxygenated water and specific additives in the water to ensurethey maintain their health and stability during shipment. Depending on the species of fish and current weather conditions, the fish may arrive with a heat pack or ice pack to maintain the optimal temperature which further ensures thehealth and safety of your fish. All costs of shipping (postage, packaging,heat/ice packs, etc.) are included in the Shipping fee. We ship to only thecontinental United States and are unable to ship to P.O. boxes, must bephysical address.
"The fish I received do not look like the fish in thepicture. Why is this?"
- We typically take photographs of one or two fish when we initially get them in. Since we have a large quantity of most of the various species of fish, it would be understandably impossible to provide a picture ofevery individual fish with a specific species. For some of our more rare orlarger fish, the picture listed may be the actual fish that you are receiving.If this is the case, it will be designated by ?WYSIWYG?, meaning ?what you see,is what you get?.
"What happens if my fish arrive dead?"
- While this is a rare occurrence, it can and willhappen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that everyone will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fisharrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag.We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem. We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We will reship any replacement fish at the buyer's expense.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures, within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolvethe issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
"What if I'm not home when the fish arrive?"
- We will always provide you with a tracking number. While the fish are packaged to survive about 72+ hours within the shipping containers, we do ask that you make arrangements to arrive home to inspect your fish as soon as possible after they are delivered to your home. Itis always suggested to provide an area for the delivery person to place the boxthat is out of direct sunlight or extreme temperatures.
"What do I do with my fish once I've unpacked them?"
- Like you would with any new fish, let the entire bag float in your tank for 15-30 minutes. This allows the temperature withinthe bag to adjust to the same as your tank and will reduce temperature shock onthe fish. After this time, you can add all of the fish and water that is in thebag into your tank. The products used within the water for shipping will notharm any existing fish within your tank and actually makes the transition foryour new fish a bit easier. After this, expect your new fish to take a few daysto become fully adjusted, this includes hiding, floating at the top, sinking tothe bottom, and not eating. After a few days, your new fish should be acting aswimming like they normally would. At this point, enjoy your aquarium!
"I want to return my new fish because x,y,z?"
- Unfortunately, we are unable to accept returns.We do recommend contacting us via email with yourorder number and as much information as possible. We will try to assist you inresolving whatever the issue may be.
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