The emerald-eye rasbora is found in slow moving, acidic "blackwater" streams.
  • Size

    2.3 inches (6 cm)
  • Diet

    Insects, worms, small invertebrates
  • Range

  • Habitat

    Slow-moving, acidic "blackwater" streams

Physical Characteristics

  • Body coloration is silvery and somewhat transparent. An iridescent, bright mark appears on the lower third of the eye.
  • The fins are translucent, and the dorsal fin displays a large black spot.
  • Emerald-eye rasbora can grow to 2.3 inches (6 cm) in length.

Animal Fact

The emerald-eye rasbora does not care for eggs or fry after spawning.

Diet / Feeding

  • Diet consists of insects, worms and other small invertebrates.

Range / Habitat

  • Emerald-eye rasbora occurs in freshwater habitats of Indonesia, north throughout the Malay Peninsula.
  • Found in slow-moving, acidic “blackwater” streams, often in dim forest peat swamps with lots of cover.

Reproduction & Growth

  • Male and female emerald-eye rasbora will spawn in several separate events, scattering eggs over the substrate.
  • This species does not care for eggs or fry after spawning.

Conservation Status

  • “Not Evaluated” on the IUCN Red List.

Additional Information

  • A schooling fish.
  • Also known as the “eyespot rasbora.”
  • Populations in the native habitats may be threatened by rubber and palm oil plantation development.
  • Popular in home aquariums and is compatible with many other small types of fish.


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