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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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