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|Common name:||Banded Rainbow, Three-Striped Rainbow, Jewel Rainbow|
|Scientific name:||Melanotaenia trifasciata|
|Size:||4-6" (10-15cm), females slightly smaller.|
|Origin:||Australia: Northern Territory and Cape York Peninsula.|
|Tank setup:||Peaceful planted tank with gentle water movement.|
|Compatibility:||Community tank, combine with other lively shoaling species.|
|Water chemistry:||Fairly hard, slightly acidic to alkaline (pH 6.6-8.0).|
|Feeding:||Omnivore: will take flake and granular foods, which should be supplemented with live and frozen foods.|
|Sexing:||Males tend to be larger and deeper bodied, with more intense colouration.|
|Breeding:||Ideally, use a ratio of 3 males to 2 females. Males will display to the females. Spawns fairly
readily in typical rainbowfish fashion, usually in the morning. Remove eggs to a separate rearing tank, otherwise they and
the fry are likely to be eaten.|
Several colour variations of this species exist in different regions, which also vary in adult size.
May eat soft-leaved plants.