Parkinsoni rainbowfish - Melanotaenia parkinsoni
Scientific name: Melanotaenia parkinsoni
Common name: Parkinsoni rainbowfish
Usual size in fish tanks: 10 - 11 cm (3.94 - 4.33 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 7 - 8
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 8 - 18°N (142.86 - 321.43ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 21 - 25 °C (69.8 - 77°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
Once a week offer a treat of blood worms, brine shrimp or tubifex. The main diet should consist of quality flakes or pellets.
Parkinsoni rainbowfish originate from the rivers and streams of Papua, New Guinea.
Males will be slightly larger than the females with more coloration.
Fine leaved plants or a spawning mop should be added to the breeding tank. The eggs will be laid over a period of days and once this has finished the parents or the spawning mop should be moved to another tank. The eggs will hatch after a week and the fry should be fed on Infusoria initially then offer them newly hatched brine shrimp. As with most rainbow fish the fry will be small and slow growing. Small daily water changes will aid in the growing process.
Expected lifespan is 5-7 years.
The Parkinson Rainbow is one of the more aggressive rainbow species but will mix perfectly well with similar sized tank mates.
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