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Remarks: Contrary to most Rainbowfish species, male Boesemani Rainbows (Melanotaenia boesemani) exhibit a different color pattern in the front half and back half of their body when mature. There are several collection points for Boesemani Rainbows, with Lake Ajamaru being the most common. If we know the collection point, we will list them as a separate product on our website. Male Boesemani display the blue and orange coloration as seen in the photos. Female Boesemani are less colorful and display a yellowish/green coloration. However, males typically won't achieve full coloration without several females to entertain, so we highly recommend buying these fish in pairs or breeder packs.
The fish are omnivorous and should be fed a quality flake food with supplemental proteins such as baby brine shrimp. They require clean water but tolerate a wide variety of water parameters. By providing frequent water changes, you will be rewarded with nearly continuous spawning attempts. Melanotaenia species deposit eggs in weedy areas (often mimicked by a yarn mop) and the eggs hatch 7-10 days later. Eggs can be harvested for hatching in separate tanks to avoid predation. Most Rainbows show their best colors at sunrise, when the males display their bright fins for potential mates. Having more females than males will allow for proper color displays and avoid any unwanted aggression towards lone females.
Scientific Name: Melanotaenia boesemani
Common Name: Boesemani Rainbowfish
Max Size: 5"
Region of Origin: Oceania
Captive Bred or Wild: Captive Bred
Compatibility: Schooling fish, livebearers, rainbowfish, small catfish. Peacock Gudgeons and Panda Garra are a great choice.
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