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Kamaka rainbowfish - Melanotaenia kamaka

Kamaka rainbowfish - Melanotaenia kamaka

Scientific name: Melanotaenia kamaka

Common name: Kamaka rainbowfish

Family: Melanotaeniidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 6 - 7 cm (2.36 - 2.76 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 7 - 7.8

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 6 - 14°N (107.14 - 250ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 24 - 27 °C (75.2 - 80.6°F)

The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning

Where the species comes from: South Asia

Temperament to its own species: peaceful

Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful

Usual place in the tank: Middle levels

Food and feeding

Not a fussy eater so they should accept all foods that are offered. To get the best colouration use a quality flake or small pellets and offer them treats twice a week of live or frozen foods.


Asia; Kamaka rainbowfish are to be found in Indonesia.


Males tend to be larger than the females and display a brighter colouration. They may develop extended dorsal and anal fins.


Add Java moss or spawning mops to the breeding tank and condition the parents on live foods for two weeks prior to adding them to the tank. They will spawn over a period of days laying a few eggs at a time but once spawning is complete, remove the parents to prevent them eating the eggs. 48 hours later the fry should hatch and once free swimming can be fed on Infusoria.


The expected life span for Melanotaenia kamaka is 5 years.

Short description

Melanotaenia kamaka do best when kept in small groups of at least 6 specimens. They prefer a planted tank but ensure that open swimming spaces are left at the front of the tank. They are excellent jumpers so always use a tight fitting lid.


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