Melanotaenia praecox
 

82F
Explanation of the symbols

72F

Family : Melanotaeniidae
Origin : New Guinea
Length : 6 cm - 2.5"
Min. length aquarium : 80 cm - 30"
English name : Neon Rainbowfish
Peaceful schooling fish that needs a lot of free swimming space. The aquarium should be planted densely on the sides and background.  To dim the light you can use some floating plants.  You should place the aquarium on a sunny spot.  In the morning sun they are very beautiful.  You should keep them in a school of at least 10 fishes.

They are omnivorous.  You should give them a great variety of live, frozen and dry food.

Breeding is rather easy.  Every day about 10 eggs are laid and fertilized between the plants.  You should remove the eggs to a separate aquarium because the parents eat their eggs now and then.  After a week the eggs hatch.  When the young fishes are swimming free you can raise them with very fine infusoria.  They grow very slowly.

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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