Boeseman's Rainbowfish
Behaviour Active, peaceful, males may 'display' fight
Typical size 9cm
Max size 10cm
Tank Area Middle
Min Tank Size 75cm
Min Number 2
Temp Min: 26℃ Max: 30℃
Feeding Flake, frozen foods, dried foods
pH Range 7.5-8.5
Hardness m,h,vh
Boeseman's Rainbowfish Melanotaenia boesemani
  • Boeseman's Rainbowfish Melanotaenia boesemani - thumbnail
  • Boeseman's Rainbowfish Melanotaenia boesemani - thumbnail

Boeseman's Rainbowfish

Melanotaenia boesemani

The Boesmani Rainbowfish is one of the most colourful of the rainbowfish family and is also one of the most commonly seen in shops. When young the fish are a dull silver-grey colour with hints of adult colour and darker markings around the centre of the body. The full colour will only develop once the fish is well established in a good aquarium environment. In common with many other rainbowfish, the Boesmani is a hardy fish that will tolerate a wide variety of aquarium conditions. Boesmani's are best kept in medium to hard water and can be adapted to low salinity brackish water. Mixes well with other active open water swimmers such as barbs, larger tetras, and bottom dwelling fish. The large size and active nature of the Boesmani may make small, timid fish nervous unless there are plenty of hiding spots present. A well recommended aquarium fish.

Family Melanotaeniidae (Rainbowfishes) | Other names Boesemani Rainbow, Bosemani, Bosemans Rainbowfish | Origin Ajamaru lakes, Irian Jaya, Indonesia | Breeding Continuous spawner, egg scatterer, can be bred easily in aquaria | Natural Water Conditions pH 7-8, medium to hard | Natural Habitat Vegetated, still open waters | Sexing Males are deeper bodied, larger and show stronger colour

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