Rainbow tetra - Nematobrycon lacortei
Scientific name: Nematobrycon lacortei
Common name: Rainbow tetra
Usual size in fish tanks: 3 - 4 cm (1.18 - 1.57 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6 - 7.2
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 17°N (71.43 - 303.57ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 22 - 28 °C (71.6 - 82.4°F)
The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning
Where the species comes from: South America
Temperament to its own species: peaceful
Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful
Usual place in the tank: Top levels
Food and feeding
Rainbow tetras will accept all foods offered, use a quality flake and supplement their diet with live and frozen foods. They are eager to eat brine shrimp and occasionally may take a nibble of any plants in the tank.
South America; Rainbow tetras are endemic to Western Colombia.
The males dorsal fin will be long and finish in a point, with the females the dorsal fin will be triangular shaped.
It is best to provide a heavily planted tank for this purpose as the fry are very light sensitive. The female will only lay one egg at a time over a period of days but getting this species to spawn can be very difficult.
The expected life span for Nematobrycon lacortei is 3-5 years.
Nematobrycon lacortei need to be kept in small groups of at least 6 fish. They prefer a planted tank with subdued lighting. The addition of floating plants will provide shady areas.
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