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Thread: Melanotaenia praecox
03-22-2008, 11:50 AM #1
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, 12:42 PM #2
Wow, nice specimen!8 tanks running now:
1x 220 gallon, 2x55 gallon, 1x40 gallon long, 1x29 gallon, 1x20 gallon long, 1x5.5 gallon, 1x2 gallon
Gouramis, barbs, rasboras, plecos, corys, tetras, fancy guppies, swordtails, ottos, rainbow shark, upside-down catfish, snails, and Max and Sparkles the bettas.
03-22-2008, 01:54 PM #3I am a Fish!! Wels catfish
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Very Nice! It's got lots of nice colour.
Thanks for sharing!
03-22-2008, 03:52 PM #4
Wonderful pictureDo as I say. Not as I do.
03-22-2008, 04:01 PM #5
He/she is beautiful!!~*Shockshockshad*~!30 gallon
Heavily Planted SE Asian biotope
-2 SAE's, 13 threadfin rainbows, 6 White Cloud Mtn. Minnows and a dwarf gourami
2 bamboo shrimp, couple cherry shrimp, 10 neons, 6 CPD's and 8 spotted rasboras
South American tank
-1 Firemouth , 1 blue acara
03-22-2008, 06:50 PM #6
i want to get rainbows eventually...I Suffer From MTS
03-23-2008, 02:56 AM #7
Thats a pretty fish, to bad my tank is over max or I would get one
03-23-2008, 06:23 AM #8
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.