Monthly Archive: May 2014

Red Irian Rainbow – A Popular Type of Rainbow Fish


Rainbow fishes have become an ideal choice for aquariums due to the reasons like an attractive look, easy care, and low maintenance. There are many kinds of rainbow fishes and Red Irian Rainbow is one among them. This type of fish has its origin in Australia and Asia. This is one of the popular types of rainbow fish that is characterized by intense colors. The male fishes have a bright red colored body, and the female comes in striking silver color.

Like many rainbow fish types, the red Irian rainbow fishes too have deep angled mouth, larger eyes, dorsal fins and black/silver band. This fish belongs to the family of Melanotaeniidae, and it requires a tank with 50 gallons.

Planted aquariums are the most ideal for these fishes. However, the fish strictly requires space to roam freely inside the tank. The adults should be removed from the breeding tank after the spawning of the eggs. The eggs should be hatched separately, and the fry should be give tiny live foods. The red Irian rainbow fish follows an omnivorous diet. Although the mouth of the fishes is wide, their throat is small. Due to this reason, one should never feed these fishes with big sized food items.