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Melanotaenia praecox
Dwarf neon rainbowfish
breeding notes

BREEDING: M. praecox is a typical plant spawning rainbow; eggs are attached to plants, then left to develop with no attention from the parents. Spawning mops can be used instead of plants to allow eggs to be collected and raised in a separate spawning tank. Egg development takes a little over a week, and fry relish newly hatched artemia nauplii.

Have you bred Melanotaenia praecox? Why not fill in a breeding questionaire?


This page summarises breeding reports provided by visitors to this site, along with some statistical analysis. Please feel free to contribute - whatever your experience!

1 breeder has filled in a breeding report, a summary of which is shown in the graphs below. You can read the full reports here.

To add details of your experiences of Melanotaenia praecox, why not fill in a Breeding and maintenance Report.

Would Melanotaenia praecox be a good addition to a community tank?
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  1. Never
  2. Doubtful, only with VERY calm fish
  3. Only with species of similar size
  4. Yes, a good community fish

How would you describe the disposition of Melanotaenia praecox?
graph2
  1. Very timid
  2. Slightly timid
  3. Neutral
  4. Somewhat aggresive on occasions
  5. Very aggressive

In which water conditions do you keep these fish?
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  1. Very soft and acidic
  2. Moderately soft and acidic
  3. Neutral
  4. Moderately hard and alkaline
  5. Very hard and alkaline

At what average temperature?
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  1. 10-15°C
  2. 16-19°C
  3. 20-23°C
  4. 24-27°C
  5. 28°C+

How would you describe sex ratios when breeding Melanotaenia praecox? If you are unsure please leave this question unanswered.
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  1. Almost all males
  2. Somewhat male heavy
  3. Roughly equal
  4. Somewhat female heavy
  5. Almost all females

In general, how difficult is Melanotaenia praecox to keep and breed?
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  1. Very easy
  2. Easy
  3. Average
  4. Difficult
  5. Very difficult

How sucessful have you been at breeding Melanotaenia praecox?
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  1. Very unsucessful
  2. Fairly unsucessful
  3. Average
  4. Fairly sucessful
  5. Very sucessful


Remember, each record represents only one persons experience; if you had different results, or used different methods, please share your experiences


Water conditions: Neutral Water temperature: 24-27oC
Disposition: Active, but not aggresive Community tank?: Yes, a good community fish
Spawning Method: Other (see below)Breeding problems: none
Sex ratio: Roughly equalBreeding difficulty: Very easy
Sucess: Fairly sucessfulYears Experience: 5
Other Comments: I keep them in a small outdoor pond, heavily planted with no filtraton. I do not do anything special to breed them. I know they've bred only when I see 1 cm fry swimming about.
Date this record created: 28th May 2009Breeding date: 2009
Breeder: Location: Manila, Philippines







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