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Melanotaenia boesemani
Boesemans rainbow fish
Allen & Cross, 1980

Melanotaenia boesemani - Boesemans rainbow fish - Boesemans rainbow is a stunningly coloured fish, a reason why it is so popular in the aquarium hobby
Boesemans rainbow is a stunningly coloured fish, a reason why it is so popular in the aquarium hobby
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(Other members of the genus Melanotaenia)

ADULT SIZE: 14 cm

WATER CONDITIONS: Moderately hard and alkaline

TEMPERATURE RANGE: 23-27 C

FOOD: Feed Melanotaenia boesemani live and dried foods

DISTRIBUTION: This species comes from Indonesia

SEXUAL DIFFERENCES: Male fish are more brightly coloured than females.

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AQUARIUM CARE: Boesemans rainbow fish hails from the shallows of the Ajamaru lakes of Irian Jaya. It is an active fish, with spectacular colours; great for the larger community tank, at least 48" in length. As a shoaling fish, it should be kept in groups of at least six individuals, preferably more, and will do fine with other rainbows of a similar size.

BREEDING: Like most rainbows it prefers open water, with some plant matter at the edges, in which they will spawn. In a separate breeding tank spawning mops can be used, in order to collect the eggs, and raise the fry away from the adults. Fry can be fed powdered dry food from the start, but like all fish, welcome newly hatched artemia nauplii.

Have you bred Melanotaenia boesemani? Why not fill in a breeding questionaire?, or examine existing Melanotaenia boesemani 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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