Emerald Eye Rasbora/Lamp eye Rasbora
Rasbora dorsiocellata

Care Level




Reef Compatible


Plant Safe


Max Size

Less than 2

Minimum Tank Size



Black, Green, White



Water Conditions

73-79° F, KH 3-7, pH 6.0-7.5


General: The emerald eye rasbora originates from Thailand, Malaysia, Borneo, and Sumatra. In the home aquarium they prefer black water rich in tannins. This can be accomplished by adding driftwood, leaves, and peat moss to the fish tank. Emerald eye rasboras also like tanks that are planted, but at the same time have dim lighting, so choose low-light plant species such as crypts or anubias.

Fecundity: Emerald eye rasboras spawn by scattering eggs among a spawning mop or a dense group of plants. The first need to be conditioned for spawning and should be fed live or frozen brine shrimp, daphnia, and other small live foods. Additionally, the water should be slightly acidic and a water change consisting of cooler water should be done to trigger spawning. The fry will hatch one to two days after the eggs are deposited, and should be fed infusoria, and then baby brine shrimp once they grow large enough.

Water Chemistry: Emerald eye rasboras prefer a temperature that ranges from 73-79F, a KH that ranges from 3-7, and a pH that ranges from 6.0-7.5.

Aquarium Diet: In the wild, emerald eye rasboras eat small insects, and in order to replicate that in the home aquarium also feed them live insects or crustaceans if possible, such as daphnia, brine shrimp, or mosquito larvae. They also will accept frozen brine shrimp and flake food.

Dimorphism: Female emerald eye rasboras are generally larger than male emerald eye rasboras.

Compatibility: Emerald eye rasboras are a very peaceful species, and will do well in an aquarium with other nano fish including galaxy danios, pygmy corydoras, guppies, dwarf cichlids, and other small rasboras. One could also keep them with mystery snails or varieties of freshwater shrimp. Emerald eye rasboras do however, need to be kept in a small school.

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