This is an unusually, but most attractively, colored species. It is sometimes confused with B. lecontei (Leconte’s Loach). However, in Orange-finned Loach all the fins are orange to yellow, while in B. lecontei the dorsal fin is grayish blue.
Without being one of the most colorful of the rasboras, this species is one of the most beautiful when in peak condition and under appropriate lighting. It has a dark pink arched body. The fins have dark orange streaks, and its eyes are metallic orange in color. It is a challenging fish best avoided by less experienced aquarists.
The majority of rasboras are shoaling fish, and if they are kept singly in the aquarium, they become shy and nervous. There appears to be some recognition between members of a shoal, since new individuals added to an aquarium containing an established group are unlikely to be accepted readily by the rest of the shoal.