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How to look after
Chilatherina bleheri
Bleher's rainbowfish
Allen, 1985

(Other members of the genus Chilatherina)

ADULT SIZE: 12 cm

WATER CONDITIONS: Moderately hard and alkaline

TEMPERATURE RANGE: 23-28 C

FOOD: Feed Chilatherina bleheri small live-foods and fine grade dried foods

DISTRIBUTION: This species comes from Indonesia

AQUARIUM CARE: This rainbowfish is an active shoaler, coming from Lake Holmes (Danau Bira) in the lower Mamberamo River system in Irian Jaya, Indonesia. In the aquarium it likes open water for swimming, but also some planting, and floating plants.

BREEDING: Eggs can be gathered with spawning mops; fry can be immediately fed on newly hatched artemia nauplii.

Have you bred Chilatherina bleheri? Why not fill in a breeding questionaire?, or examine existing Chilatherina bleheri breeding reports








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Fishkeeping Facts and Tips

Should I get rid of snails? Snails in the aquarium can be very useful. Many fishkeepers tend to overfeed a little, and this extra food sinks to the bottom and decays, polluting the aquarium water. Snails will happily come and eat up the left overs though - if you have an outbreak of snails you are most likely overfeeding your fish! If you really do want to remove snails, fish like the clown loach, and several puffers will eat them - but do make sure they are compatible with the other fish in your tank


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