Boesmani Rainbow fish colour

11fishvibe

I was under the impression that boesmani rainbow fish are suppose to be colourful blue and orangish.

my lfs sent me this photo of the boesmani he has in stock, is there a way of telling if he will grow up to be colourful?

I have 6 boesmani rainbow in my tank now full grown and they all look yellow. (2nd photo)
my hopes are to add 4 more that actually have colour.
 

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GlennO

They might all be females. It comes down to genetics. You really need to see the parents to know for sure but with good quality Boesemani even quite young males should show a hint of what is to come. That's one of the benefits of Boesemani over many other species of rainbowfish, good quality ones can show nice colour even at quite a young age. Though they continue to improve as they age.

It is worthwhile spending the time to find a reputable source for quality fish. Perhaps if you state your location someone can offer advice. There are also some very handy rainbowfish facebook groups.
 
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11fishvibe

Okay thanks.
I live in Toronto.
Will check out facebook groups as well.
 
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Noroomforshoe

It is always worth finding a good petstore. Rainbows are expensive, but even a 20 cent fish from a bad store could bring disease that could kill everything in your tank.
 
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