Melanotaenia nigrans

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Melanotaeniidae
Origin : New Guinea, North East Australia
Length : 7 cm - 3"
Min.length aquarium : 100 cm - 40"
English name  : Blackbanded Rainbowfish
Very peaceful schooling fish that needs a lot of free swimming space,  His natural habitat is in the neighbourhood of coastal rivers, so it is recommended to add some seasalt to the water (1-2 teaspoons at 10 liters).  The aquarium may stand on a sunny place in the morning sun.

He is omnivorous.  They like to eat dry food as well.

Breeding is very easy.  During 1-2 weeks the eggs are laid and fertilized daily between fine leaved plants.  The eggs hatch after 11 days and a few days later the young fishes are swimming free.  You can raise them with small infusoria and fine crushed dry food.

Photo Credit

Norbert Grünwald

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