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Remarks: Once considered a species of Melanotaenia maccullochi, the Skull Creek Rainbows (Melanotaenia sahulensis) is a smaller Melanotaenia species that exhibits many horizontal stripes throughout the body. They are yellow in color with black striping.
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 sahulensis
Common Name: Skull Creek Rainbowfish
Max Size: 3.5"
Region of Origin: Oceania
Captive Bred or Wild: Captive Bred
Compatibility: Small schooling fish, livebearers, small rainbowfish like M. praecox or Blue-Eyes, small catfish, Gudgeons, Garra.
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