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Melanotaenia trifasciata
Jewel rainbowfish
(Rendahl, 1922)

Melanotaenia trifasciata - Jewel rainbowfish - There are many strains (color varieties) of the jewel rainbowfish; some are very different from others
There are many strains (color varieties) of the jewel rainbowfish; some are very different from others
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(Other members of the genus Melanotaenia)

ADULT SIZE: 12 cm

WATER CONDITIONS: Moderately hard and alkaline

TEMPERATURE RANGE: 23-25 C

FOOD: Feed Melanotaenia trifasciata live and dried foods

DISTRIBUTION: This species comes from Australia

SEXUAL DIFFERENCES: Males are somewhat more intensely coloured than females.

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AQUARIUM CARE: A relatively widespread rainbowfish with a number of truly beautiful poulations. This really is a jewel rainbowfish! It is a fine community species in larger tanks (at least 48"), and appreciates flowing water.

A suitable tankmate for similarly sized rainbowfish, tetras, cyprinids, and even Lake Tanganyika cichlids.

BREEDING: Best accomplished with spawning mops and the fry raised seperately. Fry can immediately take newly hatched artemia nauplii

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