Australian Rainbowfish (Melanotaenia fluviatilis)

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Australian Rainbowfish

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Australian Rainbowfish

Melanotaenia fluviatilis

132 Litres (35 US G.)

10-11 cm (3.9-4.3")

sg

Freshwater

pH

6.5 - 7.6

22 -25 °C (71.6-77°F)

8-10 °d

1:2 M:F

Omnivore
Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

5-8 years

Family

Melanotaeniidae



Additional names

Australian Rainbowfish, Crimson Spotted Rainbowfish, Western Rainbowfish, Murray River Rainbowfish

Additional scientific names

Aristeus fluviatilis, Melanotaenia splendida fluviatilis


Origin

Sexing

Males tend to be more colourful than females.

Tank compatibility

A generally peaceful fish that is happiest in shoals of around 6, more females than males. Do not keep with long-finned fish as they may be fin-nipped. Also, do not keep with smaller or delicate species of fish or invertebrates.

Diet

Will accept most foods including pellets and flake, vegetables and live/frozen food like brine shrimp and bloodworm.

Feeding regime

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment Specifics

Needs a spacious and well filtered tank with plenty of lateral open swimming space. Keep in a mature tank with some dense vegetation.

Behaviour

A very active fish that can fin nip.

Identification

The body is grey with purple and orange horizontal stripe in females, males tend to be more colourful.

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