Just got a turquoise rainbow fish ..have a few questions

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HI all!

I just got a turquoise rainbow today. He doesn't have a lot of color, but his tail definitely has some blue in it.. I was just curious how long it takes for them to color up. The owner of the fish store I got him at had one in his personal tank and it was SO beautiful!! Mine is probably an inch and a half long.. Is there anything I can do to have him color up faster? Also, the guy who was helping me at the store said they like to be in schools but wasn't necessary to have them in schools. Does it affect their health at all if they aren't in schools? Thanks
 

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HI there, keeping good water conditions and the fish stress free will help bring their colour out. Like many other fish as they mature their colours will also change. It's also a good idea to supply a varied diet to optimise colour.

They are definitely schooling fish so would be more comfortable in a group of at least 4.
 

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Rainbows like to school so much that theyll try swimming with the other fish in the tank if there aren't enough of them. the other fish don't always appreciate this.
 
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well I went back yesterday and got 2 more turqoise rainbows !!
 

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Keeping Rainbowfish requires some waiting time. It will worth it once you get there. They don't say much as juveniles but wait for a year of so down the road and you will be amazed by the flashing of intense yellow at the forehead. Hope you can get at least six or seven of them.

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I've found with my rainbows that I've had for a couple of months have changed color a lot. I think one thing that helps to intensify there color is having black moonsand gravel. I saw the difference in my LFS when they changed the brown gravel to black and boy did their color change even though they where still small.
 

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your rainbow is a little small right now and colors up more as they grow, also give them time to settle in to their new home. I have 4 turquoise and 2 red, they took a while to start showing their colors once I got them but now they put on quiet a show, they darken up when the lights go out and can turn almost black at times at other times can lighten to a light yellow and green and when mating have an organge line that goes down their back
 

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kloseo said:
your rainbow is a little small right now and colors up more as they grow, also give them time to settle in to their new home. I have 4 turquoise and 2 red, they took a while to start showing their colors once I got them but now they put on quiet a show, they darken up when the lights go out and can turn almost black at times at other times can lighten to a light yellow and green and when mating have an organge line that goes down their back
Quick question...how big do these turquoise rainbows get. 4in? +/-
 

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Anyone interested in rainbowfish should check out this ebook by Adrian Tappin. Tons of info on all the rainbowfish species.
 

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jeca said:
Quick question...how big do these turquoise rainbows get. 4in? +/-
yes about 4 inches. They should start to put on good color in 6 months and in a year will be about full size and have absolutely amazing colors! The good thing about turquoise is that they color up faster than most rainbows.
 

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Hi, there! He is still pretty little for a rainbowfish. He will grow into his color. I feed my fish only frozen food and their colors are fabulous. I used to feed them flake food too and after I quit flake food, I noticed their colors got brighter. This is a schooling fish, so I don't know how it will do alone. It may stress it out. Have fun with your rainbow, rainbowfish add a lot of color and they are very active.
 

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spirillium flake food enhances coloring, if you don't want to use only frozen food, however some frozen food especially emerald entree already has the spirillium in it
 

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