Melanotaenia boesemani
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Melanotaenia boesemani

Common Names: Boesemani Rainbowfish
Boseman's Rainbowfish
Family: Melanotaeniidae
Category: Rainbowfish
Distribution: Asia; Ajamaru Lakes in Irian Jaya.
Main Ecosystem: Lake; Lake
Temperament: Schooling; Rainbowfish are undemanding and easy to keep.
Diet: Ominvore; Ominvore
Care: Feed with flakes and small live foods such as brine shrimp and bloodworms. Partial sunlight and a planted tank with plenty of swimming room are important to the Rainbowfish.
7 - 8
27°C - 30°C
81°F - 86°F
10 dH - 20 dH
Potential Size: Male: 15.2cm (6")
Female: 14cm (5.5")
Water Region: Middle, Surface; Middle-Surface
Activity: Diurnal; Diurnal
Gender: Male boesemani show a split coloration that is completely different from most other rainbowfishes. The front part of the body is a brilliant bluish-grey, almost blackish, while the rear half is (including the fins) yellow to bright orange-red. Between these two areas, there are alternating light and dark vertical bars. The females are similar to many of the other species of Melanotaenia. Females generally have a shallower keel to their bodies, like most rainbowfish.
Breeding: Boesemani will breed in an aquarium either in a spawning mop or Java moss. It is
recommended that you change the spawning medium daily to a separate tank to raise the fry, which hatch from 7-10 days later. Boesmani fry are very small and hard to raise.
Main Colours: Yellow, Gold, Blue
Markings: Striped Vertical
Mouth: Normal
Tail: Forked
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