Above: a young male Blyth River Rainbowfish that is just starting to show some red.
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When young, they are silvery and not colorful, but later when mature they become very colorful, making it worth the wait. This is also a very hardy fish.
Comments: This is a Premium Pet Fish, and we never see Premium Rainbowfish like these in any of the live fish stores or in any of the online stores that we visit.
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Origin: Their ancestors originally lived in Blyth River in northern Australia, but now they live in aquariums throughout most of the world.
The same species is said to live across a large region across northern Australia including Northern Territory and Queensland.
Though they may be the same species; they may not be the same color variety.
Maximum Size: In aquariums, male Blyth River Trifasciata Rainbows can grow to be about 4" long, including their tails.
Females are usually smaller and plumper when mature. Sometimes very old Rainbowfish are even bigger. Sometimes much bigger.
Behaviors: Most Rainbowfish are active swimmers and are rarely aggressive but do quarrel with each other.
Compatibility: Some recommended tank mates include other varieties of Rainbowfish, Clown Loaches, Danios, Barbs, Gouramis, and many other medium size aquarium fish.
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Temperature: These Rainbowfish can live pretty well from about 65 to 80 degrees F., but they're probably most comfortable at about 74 degrees F.
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Feeding: Premium Fish Food Flakes when small and Premium Pellet Food when larger.
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Water Conditions: This Rainbowfish seem to be tolerant of a wide range of water conditions.
Probably a pH of about 7.5 with moderate hardness is best.
Most water in the US has a higher pH and is harder but seems to be OK, so it's probably best NOT to adjust the pH or the hardness of the water.
Here in our facilities the water is hard and the pH is usually about 7.8. We ship them in this water.
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Aquarium Size: It is probably best to house the fish in at least a 30-gallon tank, but bigger is better.
Keep at most one Rainbowfish per 2-gallons, when they're small.
Larger Rainbowfish need about 4-gallons per Rainbowfish. Huge Rainbowfish need even more water per fish.
Decor: Rainbowfish do not need gravel, and a layer of gravel more than 1/4" thick will usually fill with bits of uneaten food that will contaminate the water.
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Live Plants are beautiful and improve the water quality.
Aquarium Filter: Bio-Wheel Filters are highly recommended.
A Penguin 200B Filter in an aquarium with 20 to 30-gallons of water is OK, but a Penguin 350B is the right size for a 30 to 60-gallon aquarium.
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The addition of Lava Rocks will keep nitrates in the ideal range.
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Life Span: Rainbowfish can live for several years with good water and good food.
Gender: It's not easy to tell the males from the females when they are young and sometimes, even as they mature.
Usually males will become bigger and much more colorful. Females are plumper and have less color.
Breeding: Rainbowfish scatter a large number of eggs on plants or special breeding mops made of nylon yarn.
Popularity: Blyth River Trifasciata Rainbowfish are rather new to the aquarium hobby, and since they are very hardy, very energetic, and very colorful, they should become very popular.
If you patiently raise them up, you'll be amazed by their colors.
Names: The scientific name of Trifasciata Rainbows is Melanotaenia trifasciata.
Variations: We do not know of any variations of this fish, but it occurs over a wide region, so there may be some variations.
Of course there are many other types of Rainbowfish with a wide variety of colors and patterns.
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