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Melanotaenia boesemani (Boeseman's Rainbowfish)

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A very pretty fish this that develops vivid colouration with age.They are very peaceful and prefer to be kept in a group. The fish tend to be young when they arrrive at the fish shops and consequently will not have developed their full colouration. A good addition to any community tank and they are reltively easy to breed.

The males develop a front half that is blue/grey, and a back half that is almost a bright orange colour whilst the females are not so brightly coloured and merely develop a blue/grey colour.

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

Very peaceful, but also very active, particularly in the mid to upper regions of the aquarium.
Preferred water conditions for breeding are neutral to hard water that is alkaline. Keep the breeding tank well planted( java moss is ideal) as the fish will scatter their eggs upon them and as soon as they have spawned remove the eggs to a separate rearing tank. As soon as the fry are free swimmimg feed them on infusoria and then other suitable fry foods such as baby brine shrimp.

Family Group: Rainbow fish
Distribution Irian Jaya, Indonesia and New Guinea
Temperature 24-29C
Size Male, around 12cm, Females are slightly smaller.
Water Parameters Will accept most conditions.
Water PH 6.5-8.0

Useful sources of information:

If you would like to learn more about what are some of the most colourful fish in the hobby the best refernce guide is the Aqualog All Rainbows and Related Families which is a fantastic guide to these fish covering 313 species with more than 700 colour photographs. To buy a copy click here