Melanotaeniidae

From Microcosm Aquarium Explorer

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Melanotaenia parva, Lake Kuromai Rainbowfish. JJPhoto.dk

Overview

Native to northeastern Australia and Papua New Guinea, the Rainbowfishes are peaceful, active, and beautiful—all qualities that endear them to aquarium keepers.

They are mostly freshwater, with a few native to brackishwaters.

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Taxonomic rank: Family

Common name: RAINBOWFISHES and BLUE EYES


Total known Total profiles
Subfamilies 0 0
Genera 6 3
Species 53 9


Captive care: Always keep in schools, at least one male to two females. They are hardy, easy to keep, and fast enough to serve as ditherfish in tanks of feisty African cichlids.

Feeding: Omnivore. Easily fed with meaty foods and herbivore flakes and rations. Pigment enhancing foods will help bring out their best coloration.

Notes: Most species show distinct sexual dimorphism, with males usually more colorful than the females.

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Reference: 101 Best Tropical Fishes
Image credit: JJ
Text credit: KW