Melanotaenia herbertaxelrodi

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Melanotaeniidae
Origin : New Guinea
Length : 9 cm - 3.5"
Min.length aquarium : 100 cm - 40"
English name : Lake Tebera Rainbowfish
Peaceful, active schooling fish that can be kept together with other rainbow fishes.  The aquarium should be planted densely on the sides and background.  In the middle you should leave much free swimming space.  A regular changing of the water is necessary.

You should feed them with live food.  Dry food is accepted as well.  A part of the food should be vegetable.

Breeding is easy.  Up to 30 eggs are laid and fertilized between fine leaved plants every day.  At a temperature of 22-24C (72-75F) the eggs hatch after a week.  At this moment the parents should be removed.  When the young fishes are swimming free you can feed them with rotifers and a few days later with Artemia-nauplii.

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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