Inornate rainbowfish - Melanotaenia splendida inornata
Scientific name: Melanotaenia splendida inornata
Common name: Inornate rainbowfish
Usual size in fish tanks: 12 - 15 cm (4.72 - 5.91 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6.5 - 8
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 8 - 12°N (142.86 - 214.29ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 24 - 30 °C (75.2 - 86°F)
The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning
Where the species comes from: Oceania
Temperament to its own species: peaceful
Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful
Usual place in the tank: Middle levels
Food and feeding
Although Inornate rainbowfish is classed as a carnivore, it will accept all foods offered in the aquarium. Quality flakes should be the staple diet with the addition of blood worm and brine shrimp.
Australia; Inornate rainbowfish is to be found in the river systems of the Northern Territory and Queensland.
The males will have an extended dorsal fin, as they mature they will evolve a sloping forehead with a deeper body. The females tend to be smaller with less coloration.
Getting these fish to breed is easy; the hard part is to raise the fry. Add spawning mops to the tank, once the eggs are laid remove the mops to another tank. When the eggs have hatched the fry will be very small, initially feed them on Infusoria or vinegar eels. Growth will be slow, but once they have grown on a bit they can be offered crushed flake.
The expected life span for Melanotaenia splendida inornata is 5 years.
It is advisable to keep 2 males to several females. This will bring out the best colors from the fish. Melanotaenia splendida inornata are not fussy about water parameters but do require clean water.
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