Melanotaenia herbertaxelrodi (Lake Tebera Rainbowfish)

As with nearly all Rainbowfish these fish almost never show their true colours in dealers tanks usually because they are juveniles. As you can see from the attached photographs this particular Rainbowfish does develop stunning colouration. Not often seen in the shops, but well worth seeking out.

Tropical Fish 2 Your Door stock

Buy this fish online today from Wildwoods:
Fish Sex: Cant be sexed, Size: 4-5cm, Price: £9.95 View shop
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Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

Generally peaceful and make good community fish.

Rainbowfish are very easy to maintain in aquarium conditions and most are fairly easy to breed. As with all fish you do need to maintain optimum water conditions. These fish will grow to around 9cm and if you do decide to use them for a breeding project you will need to keep around three males and two females which means the need for a good sized tank. If they are kept in a small aquarium the fish will become stressed and it will be impossible to achieve breeding success.

Sexing the fish can be a little difficult. Typically males are deeper bodied than the females and develop a higher forehead. The dorasal fins on the male are also longer.

Feed the fish on a good and varied diet for two to three weeks including live and high protein frozen foods which will help to maximise the number of eggs produced. If you have sufficient space it is a good idea to separate the males from the females whilst you condition them prior to breeding.

The male will choose a spawning site and will actively pursue the female prior to spawning. After spawning it is a good idea to remove both parents to prevent them from eating their own eggs.The eggs will hatch after around seven to ten days. Once the fry are free swimming they can be fed on the ususal fry foods.

Family Group: Rainbow fish
Distribution Papua New Guinea
Temperature 23-28C
Size 9cm
Water Parameters Will accept most conditions.
Water PH 7.5-7.8

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

Shop stock

The latest shops to have this fish stocked in-store are listed below. Click on a shop name for full shop details, or click the link below the shops to view ALL shops that stock this fish.

Abacus Aquatics Kent DA15 8DJ View shop
The WaterZoo Peterborough PE1 2PE View shop
Maidenhead Aquatics @ Crowland Peterborough PE6 0JB View shop
Maidenhead Aquatics @ Lincoln Lincoln LN6 9BY View shop
Wholesale Tropicals London E2 0AA View shop
Wildwoods Middlesex EN2 9BP View shop

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