Bosemani Rainbowfish
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Scientific Name(s): Melanotaenia boesemani
Category: Tropical
Maximum Size: 11cms
Minimum Tank Volume: 200 litres
Minimum Tank Size: 48" x 12" x 12"
Water Temperature Range: 27-30°C
Water pH Range: 7.0-8.0
Water Hardness Range: 10-20 dGH

General Information: Colourful, attractive and easy to keep as long as they are given hard, alkaline water. They don't thrive in softer conditions.
Tank Requirements: Densely planted tanks best suit their nature and provide the ideal setting for viewing these colourful fish.
Diet Requirements: Omnivorous. Primarily a surface feeder in nature, loves midge larvae and small livefoods, but an unfussy feeder. Flakes or blanched lettuce should be included. Live foods promote the best colour.
Compatibility: Although a bigger community fish, it is a peaceful shoaler, unlikely to eat fish smaller than 1cm even when adult, but morning sparring and its quick movements can be too disturbing for small nervous tank mates.
Recommendations: Keep in a shoal for maximum effect. Likes a planted tank, but must have a large open space for swimming. Good oxygenation and pristine water quality essential.
Common Problems: Sensitive to detectable nitrite levels. Mycobacterium, lip fungus from erosion caused by taking food off gravel.
Similar Species: Many other Rainbowfish are similar in shape, but not colour.
Sexing: The male displays a half and half colour pattern. The front half is bright to deep blue, while the back half and fins are yellow to orange. Alternating light and dark bars behind the pectoral fins.
Breeding: Will spawn on a breeding mop or Java Moss. Remove the parents after spawning as they will eat the eggs. Easy to spawn, but fry are hard to raise as they are tiny. Feed initially on infusoria.
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