Melanotaenia splendida splendida

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Melanotaeniidae
Origin : Australia (Queensland)
Length : 15 cm - 6"
Min.length aquarium : 150 cm - 60"
English name : Red-Striped Rainbowfish
Active and peaceful schooling  fish.  The aquarium should be planted on the sides and background.  In the middle you should leave a lot of free swimming space.  They like a sunny place in the morning sun.  A regular changing of the water is necessary.

You can feed them with live food, but dry food is accepted as well.

Breeding is not difficult.  Up to 200 eggs are laid and fertilized in the morning between fine leaved plants.  At a temperature of 25°C (77°F) the eggs hatch after a week.  When the parents are well fed they ignore the eggs and the young fishes.  The young fishes grow quickly when you feed them small infusoria and fine crushed dry food.

Photo Credit

Norbert Grünwald

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