Melanotaenia lacustris

Explanation of the symbols

Family : Melanotaeniidae
Origin : New Guinea
Length : 12 cm - 4,5"
Min.length aquarium : 140 cm - 55"
English name : Lake Kutubu Rainbowfish
Peaceful fish that needs a lot of free swimming space in the middle.  When the aquarium is too small they don't have their most beautiful colours.  The aquarium should be set up with plants on the sides and background.  The water is very important.   The Ph should be between 7 and 8 and Gh < 10.

They are omnivorous, but is important to give them regularly some vegetable food.  Dry food is accepted without problems.

Breeding is very easy.  You should set up the aquarium with Java moss.  Up to 200 eggs are laid in a few days between the moss.  After six days the first eggs hatch and then you should remove the parents.  You can feed the young with baby brine shrimp and fine crushed dry food.


Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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