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Boeseman's Rainbow

Picture of Boeseman's Rainbow Picture of Boeseman's Rainbow
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Common name:Boeseman's Rainbow
Scientific name:Melanotaenia boesemani
Size:Up to 5" (12.5cm).
Origin:West Papua (formerly Irian Jaya) in Indonesia, Ajamaru Lakes region
Tank setup:Peaceful planted tank with gentle water movement and open swimming space.
Compatibility:Community tank - lively but generally peaceful.
Temperature:25-30oC (77-86oF)
Water chemistry:Fairly soft, 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 are more colourful and generally larger and deeper bodied.
Breeding:Spawn over fine plants. Java moss or spawning mops can be provided. Fry require very fine food.
Comments: These very popular rainbows should be kept in a large tank providing plenty of open swimming space for this active shoaler. Water movement should be fairly gentle. The males attain their full colouration at about 12 months.




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