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Males are slimmer than females and shows deeper, more intense coloration.
The Boraras feed on worms and small crustaceans in the wild but will readily accept quality flake food provided they are small enough. I had Euglena in the tank before adding the fish and they went crazy for it. Overnight, all the Euglena were gone. As with most fish, live food such as small daphnia, grindal worms and newly hatched brine shrimp are well received. If you do not feed live food, frozen bloodworm is a favorite. They will also pick at algae wafers and shrimp pellets.
Inhabit Forest streams, slow moving waters, ponds, bogs and ditches.
There are reports of Boraras spawning in the aquaria. Ideal water conditions are soft (1-3dH) and acidic (close to 6.0). They lay eggs on the plants but a breeding grate will provide protection from the parents who eat their eggs. The species is not overly prolific with a maximum of about 50 eggs laid. The eggs hatch within 24-36 hours and need an extremely small food. Once the fry are able to accept freshly hatched brine shrimp they grow rapidly and without further problems. Frys grow fast and will color up and become miniature adults within weeks.
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