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Remarks: Multisquamata Rainbows (Glossolepis multisquamata) are found in the Mamberamo River in Papua New Guinea. They are similar to Emerald Rainbows in appearance - males have dark green fins and show yellow-orange lines along the abdomen. The overall color of the fish is darker, however.
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. Glossolepis 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. Glossolepis multisquamata males often have fin ray extensions in the anal fin, giving them the appearance of frayed fins.
Scientific Name: Glossolepis multisquamata
Common Name: Mamberamo Rainbowfish
Max Size: 5.5"
Region of Origin: Oceania - Pagai
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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