Boesemani Rainbowfish (Melanotaenia boesemani)

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Boesemani Rainbowfish

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Male Boesemani Rainbowfish

Melanotaenia boesemani

189 Litres (50 US G.)

10.2-12.7cm (4-5 ")

sg

Freshwater

pH

6.5 - 7.5

27 -30 °C (80.6-86°F)

9-19 °d

2:3 M:F

Omnivore
Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

4-5 years

Family

Melanotaeniidae

This animal is available captive bred



Additional names

Boesemani Rainbow fish, Boeseman's Rainbowfish, Bicolor Rainbowfish


Origin

Inhabits lakes which are situated at the headwaters of the Ajamaru River in Irian Jaya which drains into the Kais River eventually flowing to the Ceram Sea in Asia.

Sexing

Females are slimmer than males with less vivid colouration.

Tank compatibility

A peaceful community mid-swimming fish, will live with other similar sized peaceful fish. Keep in groups of 6 or more, more females than males. May well pose a threat to smaller invertebrates including snails.

Diet

Will accept most foods including pellet and flake food as long as the morsels are small. They will accept blanched vegetables and live/frozen food as well such as brine shrimp.

Feeding regime

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment Specifics

They need plenty of open swimming space as they are quite active swimmers. A mature tank with tall plants and open swimming space in the centre without very bright lighting is ideal.

Behaviour

An active peaceful shoaling fish.

Identification

A slender high-backed fish with a pointed snout. They are attractively coloured, especially the males, their front half is blue and their back half is orange.

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Courtship: Males:

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