Rasbora kalochroma

29. May 2009

Rasbora kalochroma

We can offer currently one of the most beautiful rasboras, Rasbora kalochroma, in perfect condition. The species originates from the islands Borneo, Sumatra, Banka, and Biliton and the Malay Peninsula. Here they inhabit waterbodies with very soft, acidic and deep dark brown water (so-called blackwater). Like many other fishes from these waters (a prominent example is the chocolate gourami) R. kalochroma is somewhat difficult to transport. In nature, they live in virtually bacteria free water. In the small amount of water that must be used for transport bacteria grow very fast. The stress caused by these masses of bacteria suppresses the immune system of the fish. This has in consequence that the fish are very sensitve against any diseases although under regular conditions these diseases would not harm the fish at all.

That is the reason why in former days species like Rasbora kalochroma were thought to be impossible to keep. The very sophisticated way ornamental fish are transported today solved the problem. Fast transport and UV-burners that effectively low down the bacterial pressure during the inital settlement of the fishes swept the stigma of unkeepability of R. kalochroma away. However, R, kalochroma are still demanding fishes, but any hobbyist is able to fullfil their needs.

And so we can hope that in the near future also the riddle of breeding the species will be solved. Until today virtually nothing is known about that……

For our customers: the animals have code 453202 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale market.

Text & photo: Frank Schäfer

Angaben zum Tier
Herkunft Borneo
Verfügbare Größe in cm 4-5