Melanotaenia papuae

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Melanotaeniidae
Origin : New Guinea
Length : 6,5 cm - 2.5"
Min. length aquarium : 80 cm - 30"
English name : Papuan Rainbowfish
Peaceful schooling fish that can be kept best in a special aquarium for rainbow fishes.  The aquarium should be planted densely on the sides and background.  In the middle you should leave a lot of free swimming space. 

You should give them small live food and regularly some vegetable food like algae for a change. Dry food is accepted as well.

Breeding is not easy.  During several days 20-30 eggs are laid and fertilized between fine leaved plants.  After 7-8 days the eggs hatch.  Not much is known yet.

Photo Credit

Fischhaus Zepkow

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