Bleher's Rainbowfish

Other Bleher's Rainbowfish Names: Bleher's Rainbowfish

Bleher's Rainbowfish Scientific Name: Chilatherina bleheri


Temperature Range: 72°F-80°F
pH Range: 7-8
Hardness Range: 5-15°

Family: Melanotaeniidae

Species Type: Rainbowfishes

Bleher's Rainbowfish Adult Size: 5 inches (cm)

Bleher's Rainbowfish Life Expectancy: 6 years

Bleher's Rainbowfish Habitat: Australian Lakes and Rivers (Lake Holmes and feeder streams in the Mamberamo region of West Papua )

Bleher's Rainbowfish Minimum Tank Size: 40 gallons

Bleher's Rainbowfish Temperament: Peaceful schooling fish

Bleher's Rainbowfish Diet & Nutrition: Omnivorous - Does well with floating pellet or flake foods.

Bleher's Rainbowfish Description: Bleher's Rainbowfish is a colorful rainbowfish with green, pearl-white and red coloration. Like other rainbowfishes, Bleher's rainbowfish is from Australia. The body of these fish tend to be a greenish hue that transitions to more of a white color towards the belly. The dorsal and anal fins are red or rusty red in color. During the height of the mating season, the males may develop a bright organge stripe on their foreheads. It is good to keep a ratio of one male to several (3-5) females. These rainbowfish live in water that have a lot of driftwood and aquatic plants so it is best to recreate this environment as much as possible with the placement of driftwood and live or decorative aquatic plants.

Tank Mate Compatibility: Other peaceful community fish

Bleher's Rainbowfish Breeding & Spawning: Rainbowfish are prolific breeders so inducting breeding is not a difficult task. The fry are considerably more difficult to raise because they are small in size and grow relatively slowly. The fry are able to eat indfusoria and vinegar eels, so planning ahead with cultures of these food sources is required. Also, the parents will cannibalize the unhatched eggs as well as the fry so they need to be seperated soon after laying the eggs.

Determining Bleher's Rainbowfish Sex: As with most Rainbows, the males have a longer first dorsal fin that will over lap the second, where as the female's will not. The male, with age, also has the sloped and notched forehead, with an increased deeper body. Females are also smaller than the males.

Aquarium Region: Middle to top of tank.

Bleher's Rainbowfish Diseases: None specific to species.

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