Melanotaenia fluviatilis

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Family : Melanotaeniidae
Origin : North East Australia
Length : 10 cm - 4"
Min. length aquarium : 100 cm - 40"
English name : Murray River Rainbowfish
Lively, peaceful schooling fish that needs a lot of free swimming space.  The aquarium should be planted on the sides and background with fine leaved plants.  They appreciate a place in the morning sun.

You should give them small live food.  Dry food is accepted as well.

Breeding is easy.  150-200 eggs are laid and fertilized between fine leaved plants in the morning sun.  After 7 days the eggs hatch.  When the parents are well fed, they don't eat the young.  You can raise the young fishes with baby brine shrimp.

Photo Credit

Fischhaus Zepkow

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