How hardy are rainbows?

Discussion in 'Rainbowfish' started by domingo3, Mar 24, 2010.

  1. domingo3

    domingo3Valued MemberMember

    My tank is fully cycled now (yay!) Would getting bosemani rainbows be OK to start with, or should I add something else first and get them later?
  2. TedsTank

    TedsTankWell Known MemberMember

    I've never dealt with rainbows. The folks that have them love them and I think they are pretty hardy.
  3. acea091489

    acea091489Valued MemberMember

    I have had my rainbowfish for 1 year now.
  4. Jeffcameron

    JeffcameronValued MemberMember

    I saved an Eastern Rainbow that I got when I picked up a second hand 85G tank I bought. It survived a week in a white bucket with no filtration before I got it. It then got dropped on the floor by the guy I bought it from when he tried to transfer it to an ice-cream container for me and then survived the cycling process of the 85G tank. He/she is thriving now and is much more colourful than when I got it. So IME (which is limited) I would have to say Yes, a hardy fish!

    Definitely don't base your decision on this. Just thought I'd add my story of my rainbow :)
  5. kloseo

    kloseoWell Known MemberMember

    I have boesman, turquoise and red rainbows.. they are all very hardy but need regular water changes as they will develop columaris ( white stringy infection under their mouth if the water is not good quality) if this happens then just step up the water changes... they are more colorful in groups and are schooling fish they also color up as they age
  6. OP

    domingo3Valued MemberMember

    Thanks for the reply. How many of each variety do you have? Do they all school together (the boseman, turquoise and red)?
  7. Nutter

    NutterFishlore VIPMember

    Rainbows are very hardy IME. I've had several varieties over the last 8yrs & they are seriously tough. Most Rainbows will school together but it depends on the numbers of each variety. If you only have 3-4 of each they will school together. If you have 6 or more of each they will form a school they hangs out together sometimes but at other times will split into species only schools. If you have more than 10 of each they will mostly stick with thier own species in seperate schools.
  8. ldbrown3138

    ldbrown3138Valued MemberMember

    They are very hardy but do require regular water changes. THey also like some current in a tank.
  9. kloseo

    kloseoWell Known MemberMember

    i have 2 reds, 2 boesman and 4 turquoise... they do school together, but i noticed that my turquoise color up the best showing off for one another, i am torn between the red and the turquoise as my favorites. They also color up better as they get older
  10. GBR.Moorrreeee

    GBR.MoorrreeeeValued MemberMember

    I have 4 madagascar and 5 McCullochi. There extremely hardy.
  11. pepetj

    pepetjWell Known MemberMember

    M bosemani is probably one of the hardiest rainbowfish out there. However they require good oxigenation (easily addressed by airstone). Lovely fish.

    Santo Domingo