Boeseman’s Rainbowfish Care Guide

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Boeseman’s Rainbowfish
(Melanotaenia boesemani)

Common names:
Boeseman’s rainbowfish, BoesemanI rainbowfish, Bicolor rainbow.
Size: Size reports range from 8 -11cm
pH: 7.0 – 8.0
Tempº: 27ºC - 30ºC
Tank region: Middle-Top layer
Origin: Indonesia, New Guinea.
Gender: Males are larger, and more colorful when mature.
Notes: The Boeseman’s rainbowfish is an excellent addition to the larger peaceful community. They are listed as Endangered (EN) on the ICUN Red List. When in the shop, they often look dull, grey and drab, not really worth buying. However, with patience and good conditions, these fish can develop stunning blue and yellow colouring. They are schooling fish, although they can be kept in trios. It is best to keep them at a ratio of 1 male to every 2 females. These fish will eat almost anything offered, and are relatively hardy. They tend to prefer their tank on the warmer end of the tropical scale. These fish do well in planted tanks, and should not be mixed with peaceful, slow fish like gouramis as their fairly large size and hyperactive temperament can spook these fish, and stop them feeding. They should not be kept with Hatchetfish, as they will be to much competition for food and throw the delicate Hatchets around a lot. They do well in tanks with other species of rainbowfish, and especially well in a rainbowfish-only tank.

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