Melanotaenia splendida rubrostriata

Common Names: Red Striped Rainbowfish
Ruby Rainbowfish
Synonyms: Amneris rubrostriata
Anisocentrus rubrostriatus
Aristeus loriae
Melanotaenia rubrostriatus
Nematocentris maculata
Nematocentris rubrostriatus
Rhombatractus loriae
Rhombatractus patoti
Rhombatractus rubrostriatus
Family: Melanotaeniidae
Category: Rainbowfish
Distribution: Australia; south of the Central Dividing Range between the Fly River in Papua New Guinea to Etna Bay in Irian Jaya, also found on the Aru Islands
Main Ecosystem: River; River
Temperament: Peaceful; and schooling
Diet: Carnivore; but will accept all forms of omnivorous foods
Care: Not too demanding, if given the proper requirements. Very hardy. Should be kept in schools of at least two males to several females to show their best colors and activity. Though this fish usually only gets about 12cm in the aquarium, it has the potential to reach its full size of 15 cm in length. And thus, they will need some room to swim, so it is highly recommended that they not be kept in anything smaller than a 55 gal aquarium. These fish will do great in a live planted tank. Use s
5.6 - 7.8
24°C - 30°C
75°F - 86°F
7 dH - 10 dH
Potential Size: Male: 15cm (5.9")
Female: 15cm (5.9")
Water Region: Middle, Surface; will frequent all areas of the aquarium
Activity: Diurnal; Diurnal
Gender: As with most Rainbows, the males have a longer first dorsal fin that will over lap the second, where as the female’s will not. The male, with age, also has the sloped and notched forehead, with an increased deeper body. Females are also smaller than the males. Females, though not as colorful as the males, do have coloration similar to the males.
Breeding: There is no difficulty in breeding these fish. As if you have a male and female, they are most likely going to breed. They are very prolific, and will breed readily in most water parameters. The problem lies in the raising of the fry. The fry are very small, and grow slowly. They require large amounts of very small foods, and very clean water. Start the fry off with infusoria or vinegar eels. The parents will eat the eggs, and subsequent fry, so a separate fry tank will be needed fo
Comments: The species or group of Melanotaenia Rainbowfish known as splendida, is a widely distributed group that consists of 5 sub-species. The areas they come from are southern New Guinea, Queensland, Northern Territory, and Western Australia. It is hypothesized, that the splendida group originated in Western Australia and spread eastward, north into New Guinea and southward down the north east coast of Australia. And then differentiating into various sub-species. There are differences within
Main Colours: Red, Silver, Yellow
Markings: Not Specified
Mouth: Normal
Tail: Forked
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