Microrasbora: Greek, mikros = small + Rasbora, a word used in India and Malay
Microrasbora rubescens is a shy timid fish and so it is best kept in a species tank with fairly hard alkaline water and which is well planted. Microrasbora rubescens is very peaceful and can be kept with other small and gentle species, they shouldn't be kept with very bold lively fish as this is likely to make them even more timid. Larger fish shouldn't be trusted however peaceful the seem, Microrasbora rubescens is a tiny slender fish which makes them very easy prey. Ideally these fish should be kept in a shoal which helps to reduce their shyness. Microrasbora .sp thuzari is very similar looking to Microrasbora rubescens and the two could easily become confused.
In the wild Microrasbora rubescens probably feeds on plankton, small crustaceans, worms and detritus. In captivity they aren't to fussy and will accept flake food, small live or frozen food such as cyclops.
Female Microrasbora rubescens are slightly larger and have more rounded abdomens, the males are more brightly coloured.
Microrasbora rubescens are egg scatterers and do not guard their brood after spawning. They can be spawned in pairs or in groups, the adults will prey on their own eggs and so should be removed after spawning has finished.
Microrasbora rubescens is endemic to Lake Inle and the surrounding streams, the lake is under growing pressure from an increasing human population, pollution, deforestation and drought. The health of the wild population of Microrasbora rubescens hasn't been assessed.
pH: 6.8 - 7.8
dGH: 4 - 20
Temperature: 21 - 25°C (70 - 77°F)
Size: 3cm (1.25in)
Min tank size:60 litres
Difficulty level: Easy
Aquarium type: Community
Swimming level: Middle
Origin: Myanmar: Salween River drainage: Inle Lake, Taungdo
Habitat: Found in in ponds, marshes, streams and pools
Species: M. rubescens Annandale, 1918
Red dwarf rasbora