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Dwarf neon rainbowfish
(Weber & de Beaufort, 1922)
Male dwarf neon rainbows have red fin edges. Females can also have red fin edges, though usually less intense, or orange/yellow
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(Other members of the genus Melanotaenia)
ADULT SIZE: 8 cm
WATER CONDITIONS: Very hard and alkaline
TEMPERATURE RANGE: 23-27 C
FOOD: Feed Melanotaenia praecox live and dried foods. Not a fussy eater.
DISTRIBUTION: This species comes from Indonesia
SEXUAL DIFFERENCES: Male fish tend to be more brightly coloured in the fins, and have somewhat deeper bodies.
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Time left: 20d 13h 32m
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AQUARIUM CARE: Dwarf neon rainbowfish hail from the Mamberamo river system in northern Irian Jaya, Indonesia. This huge river has numerous micro-habitats; M. praecox is thought to prefer shallow areas with submerged plants and driftwood. In the aquarium, this is easily replicated, and floating plants also seem to make this fish more comfortable. Some open water is also important for free-swimming, and as a shoaling fish, it should be kept in a group of at least six individuals.
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.