Monthly Archive: July 2015

Introduce to Australian Rainbow Fish


Rainbow fishes are found in different regions of the world, and they come in different variations with respect to color, size, and behavior. One of the popular rainbow fishes is Australian rainbow, which is originated from Australia. This fish type is part of Melanotaeniidae family and can grow up to 4 inches in length. Also, called as Murray River rainbow fish, this fish is found mostly in Murray River and some of its tributaries. These fishes look attractive with their large eyes and striking silver and yellow color on their body. This schooling fish have a peaceful temperament and is compatible with various breeds of fishes. They feed on an omnivorous diet and caring this fish is quite easy.

At least, a 50 gallon size of the tank is required for raising this fish. The tank should be moderately filled with plants so that the fish has space to roam freely and also hide. The color and appearance of fish intensifies when the tank floor is covered with dark gravel. At any cost, one should avoid feeding this fish with bigger food items. That’s because the fish has a slim throat that cannot accommodate big food particles. Some of the recommended foods for Australian rainbow fish is plant substance, live foods, and flake foods.

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Things to Keep in Mind before Owning Rainbow Fishes


Those who are planning to set up an aquarium at the home for the first time could surely think about having rainbow fish. As the name says, rainbow fish shows vibrant colors like a rainbow and they are very eye catching. However, one must keep in mind that these fishes show their actual colors only after having grown relatively older. As most fish stores sell these fish as babies, the buyer hardly recognizes them. Before having rainbow fishes at home, you need to keep certain things in mind.

Never overcrowd the rainbow fish. This type of fish requires space to roam freely. Moreover, they are not so aggressive in nature and hence you can have other varieties of fishes in the same tank. You can ask the local fish store to find out other compatible fishes.

You should also focus more on the composition of the fish tank. In addition to giving free space for roaming, rainbow fishes do need some place to hide and sleep. Therefore, it is better to have long plants, large stones/rocks, etc. These fishes are kind of shy type, and they need some places to hide. Rainbow fishes tend to lose their colors when they are overstressed.

Rainbow fishes react severely to water changes. It is better to have a water testing kit in hand when changing the water of the tank. Use the kit to detect the level of calcium, ammonia, nitrate and other substances. Also, install aquarium tank water heater and thermometer to maintain optimal water temperature. Taking these precautions ensure best living conditions for the rainbow fish.

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