Care Level: Moderate
Live Plant Safe: Yes
General Description: The Daisy’s Blue Ricefish is one of 17 recognized species of Oryzias ricefish endemic to Sulawesi, Indonesia. Here, the Daisy’s blue ricefish inhabit sandy freshwater streams that are dense with vegetation and leaf litter. Ricefish are beloved for their relative hardiness, unique body shape, and quirky personalities. Male Daisy’s blue ricefish will have a translucent body that is bluish in color while females or immature individuals will have a translucent body that is more yellow in color. Easy to spawn, the Daisy’s blue ricefish available within the aquarium trade are commercially produced. Ricefish are natural shoaling fish and should be kept in groups of 8 or more individuals for their social behavior. More than one male can be kept in a group and is actually encourged in order to show their best coloration, but some sparring may be observed between them. It is not recommended to mix Daisy’s blue ricefish with other Oryzias ricefish species, as hybridization can occur and will result in offspring of mixed genetic pools. An adult Daisy’s blue ricefish can reach a size of approximately 1-1/4″.
Diet Requirements: Daisy’s blue ricefish are omnivores and are not that fussy so long as food can fit into their smaller mouths. A diet made up of various high quality vegetable based and protein based flake foods, micro pellet foods and bug bites are ideal, in addition to offering frozen foods such as bloodworms, brine shrimp and daphnia. Variety is the spice of life in order to maintain color, immune function and longevity of your fish.
Care Requirements: A minimum 5 to 10 gallon aquarium is ideal for a small group of Daisy’s blue ricefish. While these fish are small, this size aquarium better provides a stable environment in terms of water chemistry that ricefish need. A tight fitting lid is recommended given that this species spends a lot of its time in the middle and top portions of the aquarium. Daisy’s blue ricefish should not be introduced into a biologically immature aquarium. Weekly water changes are encouraged to keep water parameters pristine (Nitrates < 15 ppm), as Daisy’s blue ricefish will not endure deteriorating water parameters. The aquarium should be aquascaped with a fine substrate and live plants on the denser side. Daisy’s blue ricefish are extremely peaceful and rarely conflict with tank mates. Their timid nature, however, may make them not suitable for traditional community aquariums that have overly rambunctious or competitive species. Mix Daisy’s blue ricefish with other peaceful nano tank species such as Celestial Pearl Danio (Danio margaritatus), Neon Blue Danio (Sundadanio axelrodi), Exclamation Point Rasbora (Boraras urophthalmoides), Chili Rasbora (Boraras brigittae), Pygmy Cory (Corydoras pygmaeus), and dwarf rainbowfish. Use caution mixing ricefish with Neocaridina shrimps. Recommended water conditions, 74-82° F, KH 9-19, pH 6.0-7.5.
Purchase Size: Medium: 1”
Note: Your item may not look identical to the image provided due to variation within species. Purchase sizes are approximate.