View Full Version : Melanotaenia praecox

03-22-2008, 10:50 AM
Yip the Rainbow bug is continuing here in the house... after the sucess with the furcatus and their non stop breeding I picked up some baby Melanotaenia praecox yesterday - they are still only about 0.7 inches but are already showing some amazing colors... I don't think a foto could so them justice - everytime they move you get a glint of purple, blue, turquoise, silver, yellow and then bright red fins.. very true these are rainbow fish.

In character they meshed straight away with the rest and show no timidness at all...they settled in faster than I have seen any other fish... as soon as they were let lose they straight away went on a food hunt.

Here's one of the new babies

Hope you like them...

03-22-2008, 11:42 AM
Wow, nice specimen!

03-22-2008, 12:54 PM
Very Nice! It's got lots of nice colour.

Thanks for sharing! thumbs2:

03-22-2008, 02:52 PM
Wonderful picture

03-22-2008, 03:01 PM
He/she is beautiful!

03-22-2008, 05:50 PM
great pic!thumbs2:

i want to get rainbows eventually...

Lady Hobbs
03-22-2008, 06:04 PM
Hobbs..........now openly weeping because she has no tank for some.

03-22-2008, 06:05 PM
i saw those guys at aquagiant here, theyre awesome

03-22-2008, 06:10 PM
<hugs Hobbs> One day you will have your Rainbow tank :ezpi_wink1: I'm sure of it xxx

Thanks guys... I cannot wait to see these little babies grow up and see how their coloration changes

03-22-2008, 07:58 PM
Wow! Beautiful fish and beautiful picture!!

03-23-2008, 01:56 AM
Thats a pretty fish, to bad my tank is over max or I would get one

03-23-2008, 05:23 AM
The color doesn't change much as they grow, though the fins may show better color. I had a group in a 55 as dithers for cichlids a couple years back. About that time I was setting up a 10 gallon for cherry shrimp, and found a single tiny fry had been sent along with the shipment of shrimp and plants. About a week or two later, another one turned up in the tank, apparently there had been a couple eggs on the plants. Eventually they grew large enough to ID, and I was pleasantly surprised to find they were more praecox rainbows. They eventually joined the group in the 55.

06-05-2008, 09:02 PM
Very nice fish,great picture.