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Old 12-28-2012, 05:06 PM   #1
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Turquoise Rainbow displaying breeding stripe


Turquoise Rainbowfish again


Boesemani Rainbowfish


Male and female Boesemani


Millenium Rainbowfish


Male and female Millennium


Dwarf Neon Rainbows


Yellow Rainbowfish (herbertaxelrodi)


Female Melantaenia herbertaxelrodi



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Very Nice greg!

What are the details on the tank they are in? I have never kept rainbows but I hope to one day.
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Thanks for the compliment.

Tank is 145 gallon with pressurized CO2. I started the tank mid-October.

I'll provide complete details of setup in the "Planted Tank Photos" forum soon!

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So cool watching rainbows strobe that forehead stripe. When I used to breed them I found that in the morning was the best time. They always bred in the morning for me.

Nice fish.
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Can you see the eggs after they spawn?
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Do rainbows increase in colour as they get older? Or is colour extremely dependant on diet? I've been looking for a while and never see colourful rainbows at the LFS, always dull and colourless. Both of yours in the pictures are more along the pigment saturation that I'd want to buy... any advice?
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Colour is dependant on food yes but mostly just condition. In a cramped LFS tank they won't show their best. That being said, stores usually carry sub-adults that won't be in their true splendor.

Eggs can be collected by adding a "spawning mop" to the tank. I used to swap out the mops every couple days and put the mops into 5-gal rearing tanks. If you carefully squeezed the water outta the mops you'd be able to spot the eggs in the mops. I used to breed rainbows and killifish in the same tank and in the mops you'd get eggs from both.

The fry are difficult to raise and my trick was to have a tank that was lime green with "green water". I'd add this to the fry tank along with vinegar eels. The rainbow fry hang out near the surface which vinegar eels tend to do as well. It's ridiculous how small the rainbows are at first! Too small to eat baby brine shrimp.

They're fun to breed and you can add mops to community tanks without worry of predation. Because rainbows typically spawn in the morning before the lights come on, you can pull the mops out first thing in the morning and none of the other fish will have gotten to them yet....unless you have catfish.
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Any hints to picking rainbow juveniles at the LFS that will have good colour when mature?
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Pick out all males!? lol. Not really. If you give them the right conditions they'll show nice colours when they mature.
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Any types/species of rainbows that have more spectacular colours than others? I won't likely get that many for my community tank so I want to find the most colourful combination potentials. I've seen a few varieties at the LFS, boesami (spelling), neon, dwarf, etc.
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