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Remarks: Red Laser Rainbowfish (Melanotaenia rubrivittata) are similar in appearance to M. praecox, however they have five red stripes running horizontally over their blue scales. They are also similar to Neon Dwarf Rainbows in that their maximum size is typically under 2.5". They are from the Wapoga River system, alongside fish such as Chilatherina alleni.
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 rubrivittata
Common Name: Red Laser Rainbowfish
Max Size: 2.5"
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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