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Pseudomugil furcatus
Forktail rainbow
Nichols, 1955

Pseudomugil furcatus - Forktail rainbow - Often referred to as the fork-tailed rainbowfish, or blue-eyed forktail
Often referred to as the fork-tailed rainbowfish, or blue-eyed forktail
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(Other members of the genus Pseudomugil)

ADULT SIZE: 6 cm

WATER CONDITIONS: Not critical

TEMPERATURE RANGE: 23-28 C

FOOD: Feed Pseudomugil furcatus small live-foods and fine grade dried foods

DISTRIBUTION: This species comes from New Guinea

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

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AQUARIUM CARE: Blue eye rainbows inhabit small freshwater streams with abundant aquatic vegetation and clear water. Males are more brightly coloured than females and elongated dorsal fin. Pseudomugil furcatus is an easy species for the aquarium, if given good conditions, open water for swimming and adequate planting. This species has also been known as Popondetta furcata and Popondichthys furcatus.

BREEDING: Easy to breed. Pseudomugil furcatus lays large eggs, just a few at a time, amongst plants, spawning mops or in the substrate. The fry hatch after 7-10 days, and should be raised separately. Regular feedings of newly hatched artemia nauplii will improve colouration of this fish.

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








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