photo © Sean Evans
|Common name:||Western Rainbowfish, Australian Rainbowfish / Rainbow|
|Scientific name:||Melanotaenia australis|
|Synonyms:||Melanotaenia splendida australis|
|Tank setup:||Peaceful planted tank with gentle water movement.|
|Water chemistry:||Not critical: fairly soft to medium hard, pH around neutral (6.4-7.8).|
|Feeding:||An omnivore that eats mainly insects and aquatic larvae and crustaceans in the wild. Will take most aquarium
foods, which should include some live or frozen foods for variety.|
|Sexing:||Males show more colour, and have longer dorsal fins. They are also larger and deeper-bodied.|
|Breeding:||Like other rainbows, this species will spawn over fine plants. Eggs hatch in about a week.|
This fish was originally known as one of several subspecies of Melanotaenia splendida, but is now considered a distinct species.
Colouration is variable in different populations.