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.
This group of fishes is one that is, by and large, overlooked by most aquarists, and yet there are a fair number of them in the trade. Inhabiting both still and running water, large shoals can be seen near the surface. They are found in southeast Asia and the IndoAustralian archipelago. In the main they are insectivores, but will take flake foods. Give them a varied diet, especially if you are going to attempt to breed them, and include small live foods or frozen Daphnia, and similar-sized items.