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Banded Rainbow

Picture of Banded Rainbow Picture of Banded Rainbow
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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.
Temperature:24-28oC (75-82oF)
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.
Comments: Several colour variations of this species exist in different regions, which also vary in adult size. May eat soft-leaved plants.




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