Western Rainbowfish
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The fish are omnivorous and should be fed a quality flake food with supplemental proteins such as baby brine shrimp. They require clean water but tolerate a wide variety of water parameters. By providing frequent water changes, you will be rewarded with nearly continuous spawning attempts. Melanotaenia species deposit eggs in weedy areas and the eggs hatch 7-10 days later. Eggs can be harvested for hatching in separate tanks to avoid predation. Most Rainbows show their best colors at sunrise, when the males display their bright fins for potential mates. Having more females than males will allow for proper color displays and avoid any unwanted aggression towards lone females.

These fish are peaceful and you can keep them with other peaceful same-sized fish. All fish require a good diet for a healthy life, it is recommended to feed a range of food such as live, frozen, flakes and pellets.

Name: Western Rainbowfish, Red Tail Banded Rainbow
Science Name: Melanotaenia australis
Temperament: Peaceful

Max Size: 4″
pH: 6.8 – 8.0
Temperature: 65-80F°  (18-30°C)

Care Level: Easy
Life Expectancy: 4 Years

Minimum Tank Size Recommended: 20 Gallons
Groups: Recommended in groups 6+ / Thrives in groups 12+