Red Rainbowfish

Other Red Rainbowfish Names: Red Rainbowfish, Irian Jaya Rainbowfish, Salmon Red Rainbowfish, Red Rainbow Fish

Red Rainbowfish Scientific Name: Glossolepis incisus

Red Rainbowfish (Glossolepis incisus))

Temperature Range: 71°F-81°F
pH Range: 7-8
Hardness Range: 8-20°

Family: Melanotaeniidae

Species Type: Rainbowfishes

Red Rainbowfish Adult Size: 5 inches (cm)

Red Rainbowfish Life Expectancy: 7 years

Red Rainbowfish Habitat: Asian Lakes (endemic to Lake Sentani in Irian Jaya, Indonesia)

Red Rainbowfish Minimum Tank Size: 40 gallons

Red Rainbowfish Temperament: Peaceful schooling fish

Red Rainbowfish Diet & Nutrition: Omnivorous - Does well with floating pellet or flake foods, but diet should also include some live foods such as insect larvae, worms and small insects.

Red Rainbowfish Description: Females have a yellowish olive body color with a golden iridescence to the scales; all fins are clear. The males on the other hand are brilliant, the entire body and fins are a bright salmon-red color. Some of the scales have a silvery sheen, which creates a most unusual effect over the red background color. Young fish are all rather dull in color, being an overall olive greenish color with a trace of silvery sheen. However, once the fish reaches a length of about 2 inches, the males begin to color up. Once the color change begins to occur it progresses quite rapidly. By the time the fish are 3 inches long the males should have their full intense red coloration. Body slender and laterally compressed. Two dorsal fins, very close together, the first much smaller than the second. Males are typically deeper bodied than females and have a high rounded back which gives them the appearance of having a relatively small head and disproportionately large eyes. May reach a maximum size of 6 inches, but usually less than 5 inches.

Tank Mate Compatibility: Other peaceful community fish

Red Rainbowfish Breeding & Spawning: Furnish the tank with Java Moss and fine-leaved plants. Place only the pair in the tank and raise the temperature to 75-81°F (24-27°C). A small number of eggs is laid daily for several months. The clear eggs adhere to plants with thin threads. These hatch after seven to eight days and are ignored by the parents. The young first feed on roftiers, but later can be given egg yolk and Artemia nauplii. The young require small, frequent water changes.

Determining Red Rainbowfish Sex: Males are bright red to copper in color, occasionally have silver upperparts. The fins are also red. Females are silver to yellow-brown in color.

Aquarium Region: Middle to top of tank.

Red Rainbowfish Diseases: None specific to species, but does require very good water quality.

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