What type of rainbowfish is this?

Discussion in 'Fish, Snail, Worm And Pest ID Help' started by Fishes, Jul 18, 2015.

  1. Fishes

    Fishes Valued Member Member

    I bought this rainbow a while ago as a dwarf neon, it was very silver at the time but has coloured up to an orangey sheen - it's obviously not a dwarf neon, but I can't find out what it is (bottom of picture) image.jpg
     

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  2. Dom90

    Dom90 Fishlore VIP Member

    Looks to be Melanotaenia Praecox
     
  3. OP
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    Fishes

    Fishes Valued Member Member

    That's what I thought but the fins are different to my dwarf neons, plus it's orange rather than blue...unless they sometimes have some colour variations?
     
  4. alink

    alink Well Known Member Member

    I see 2 species of Rainbowfish in the pictures. One is of the Praecox (Neon dwarf Rainbowfish), the other Melanotaenia parkinsoni (Orange Rainbowfish). Both would need a school of 6 of their own kind unless the tank is going to be all Rainbowfish species, then you can get away with less.
     
  5. slayer5590

    slayer5590 Well Known Member Member

    I agree with M. parkinsoni. What size tank are they in? Parkinson's will grow quite a bit larger than your neons.
     
  6. alink

    alink Well Known Member Member

    its a 200l tank which is about 52 gallons. I think a school of them is okay in there with the rest of the stock as long as the OP's stocking on their profile is accurate.
     
  7. OP
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    Fishes

    Fishes Valued Member Member

    Thanks, I think you may well be right. Yes the stocking list I have is correct so I'll be sure to try and pick up some more next time I'm at the fish shop. I'm looking forward to see if he colours up more as he ages, he is already pretty unrecognizable from the skinny silver fish I bought a few weeks ago.
     




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