Blue rainbowfish - Melanotaenia lacustris - DNZ
Blue rainbowfish - Melanotaenia lacustris - DNZ
  • Fascinating coloration
  • Peaceful community fish
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Breedable

Blue rainbowfish - Melanotaenia lacustris - DNZ

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Blue rainbowfish - Melanotaenia lacustris - DNZ
Among aquarium fishes, the blue rainbowfish is probably one of the most beautiful representatives of the spike fish species. With its intensely bright and interlocking shades of blue, it becomes a diamond in the living room. Its calm nature and balanced character convey harmony and peace and provide an ideal haven of calm to slow down in the otherwise hectic everyday life, gallantly outshining any favorite series. Its big eyes seem to almost ask: And how was your day? - Garnelio
Origin: Asia
Diet: omnivorous - omnivorous
Temperature: 20-25 °C
with fish?: Yes, with peaceful fish
Fish group: Spikefish
with shrimps?: with shrimps > 6 cm
Aquarium size: 100 l (approx. 80cm)
Water values: Hard water
Breeding: medium
Visual effect: Especially colorful
Pelvic region: Center
Planting possible?: Yes
with snails/shells?: Yes
Difficulty: 1 - Simple
Feature: dynamic group behavior
Behavior: Normal
with large crabs?: No
with dwarf crabs?: No
Final size: 8-12 cm
with crabs?: No

The blue rainbowfish, Melanotaenia lacustris , originally endemic to Lake Kutubu and the Soro River in Papua New Guinea, has been established in aquaristics since the 1960s and has lost none of its fascination since then. Lake Kutubu, with a water depth of 70 meters, has crystal clear and very alkaline water in which the fish colonize the upper water zone. Depending on the water and environmental parameters in which it is maintained, it exhibits different shades of color that can range from light blue to cobalt and steel blue even aquamarine and turquoise, which is why it is also called aquamarine rainbowfish. This group fish is a peaceful aquarium resident that is suitable for beginners and can be socialized with other peaceful fish.

The blue rainbowfish is high-backed and most intensely colored in the upper dorsal region. The flanks and underside of the belly are silver to white, with the posterior portion fading to a turquoise silver. Ventral, anal, and dorsal fins are turquoise blue, the caudal fin is more dark to cobalt blue, and the pectoral fins of these otherwise colorful comrades are colorless. Starting at the base of the tail, it has a dark blue longitudinal band that is lost at the level of half the dorsal fin and is interrupted by a golden yellow blob of color. Its terminal mouth is very pointed and small, with thickened lips. Proportionally, the Blue Rainbowfish has relatively large eyes. In the aquarium, it is a jovial and well-behaved contemporary that values companionship with its peers and usually does not bother its neighboring fish.

Males and females can be distinguished visually quite easily. The males are much more high-backed, longer and have more intense colors in the upper back. They grow to about 10-11 cm long and up to 5 cm high. Rainbowfish grow very slowly and are not fully grown until they are about 1.5 years old. To get them in the mood to spawn, generous water changes with several servings of live and frozen food daily at a temperature of 26 °C are usually sufficient. The blue rainbowfish belongs to the permanent spawners, which should be transferred to a rearing aquarium with fine-feathered plants or a spawning substrate, such as java moss, for targeted breeding. Males ready to spawn show a particularly intense coloration. Between plants or moss, male and female stand side by side and release the spawn while trembling. This can take place over several days. After spawning, they should be moved again so they do not eat the eggs. As with other rainbowfish species, the few eggs, which are about 1-2 mm in size, have an adhesive filament that attaches to the spawning substrate when they come in contact with it. The fairly large juveniles hatch between 6-14 days depending on environmental parameters and are quite well developed. They can be fed with live Artemia nauplii, but also microworms, slipper lizards and dust food. To prevent fungus and bacterial infections, the rearing aquarium should be subject to meticulous water hygiene with salt additions.

Since the Rainbowfish originates from a fairly alkaline environment, its aquarium should have a pH of 8.5-9.0 and good aeration. Occasional additions of table salt contribute to its well-being and act prophylactically against fungal infections and other stress diseases, such as Ichthyo parasites. The water temperature should not exceed 26 °C permanently, as the Rainbowfish is somewhat more susceptible to stress and may develop ulcers under certain circumstances. Therefore, by-fish should not be too hectic comrades that permanently annoy the Rainbowfish.

As a surface dweller that likes to swim leisurely lanes, the aquarium may be stocked with robust aquatic plants and mosses in the rear and side areas and offer enough free swimming space. Floating plants also contribute to its well-being, as they dim the light somewhat and give the animals a place to retreat. This group fish is best maintained with excess females in a group of at least 6 in a 100 liter aquarium. Regular feeding of live and frozen foods will increase the colorfulness of these steel blue diamonds.

Blue Rainbowfish can be socialized with other spikefish and peaceful not too hectic fish, as well as catfish. Socialization with dwarf shrimp and crayfish is not recommended, more suitable would be fan shrimp and snails.

Rainbowfish are omnivores, so they should be fed a varied diet. Regular feeding of live and frozen foods such as cyclops, artemia, daphnia and mosquito larvae can significantly increase their color intensity. They can usually also be adapted to dry food in the form of granules, flakes and powder.

Our feed recommendation: The NatureHolic Main Feed is a soft granulate that has a similar consistency to small crustaceans and insect larvae. The soft consistency of the granules protects the delicate fish mouth from micro-injuries that can result from hard feed granules.

Our plant recommendation: For planting, use NatureHolic InVitros. These are free of snails, planaria and other unwanted co-inhabitants. Also free of algae spores, bacteria and fungi.

Expert Tip: We recommend for fish keeping the NatureHolic 3 Phase Liquid. The care set offers the best all-round protection for your animals. It ensures optimal conditions for successful breeding and keeping.

Scientific name:Melanotaenia lacustris
German Name:Blue rainbowfish, aquamarine rainbowfish, Kutubu rainbowfish, turquoise rainbowfish, English Lake Kutubu Rainbowfish
Difficulty level:for beginners
Origin/Distribution:Papua New Guinea, Lake Kutubu
Coloration:high-backed with intense blue tones in upper back and fins, pointed, terminal mouth, large eyes
Age expectancy 6-8 years
Water parameters:GH 2-20, KH 10-15, pH 8.5-9.0, temperature 20-26 °C
Tank size:from 100 l
Food Omnivorous, live and frozen food, but also dry food
Breeding medium
Behavior very peaceful
Group size at least 6 animals
Further information Ten typical aquarium fish for beginners and alternatives to them, Tips for acclimating fish to the aquarium, Feeding aquarium fish properly - cheap food and what it can do
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Question: "Hallo, ist eine Vergesellschaftung mit Garnelen möglich oder werden diese als Lebendfutter betrachtet? Danke und viele Grüße "

from Kevin (Garnelio)
from Kevin (Garnelio)

Sie ist ab 6 cm möglich.

Question: "Hi liebes Garnelio Team, kann man diesen Fisch mit Perlhuhnbärblingen zusammenhalten? "

from Kevin (Garnelio)
from Kevin (Garnelio)

Wenn du die Gruppe groß genug wählst, sollte das voraussichtlich kein Problem sein.

Question: "Hallo Bei 240 Liter, 120 cm Längenmaß, kann man diese Fische mit den blauen Kongosalmlern (aktuell 10 Stück) vergesellschaften? Wie viele würden Sie mir empfehlen? (Weiterer aktueller Besatz: 2 antennenwelse, 2 Kammdornwelse, tylomelania, Geweih und stahlhelmschnecken.) "

from Kevin (Garnelio)
from Kevin (Garnelio)

Es könnte voraussichtlich klappen, eine Gruppe von 10 Fischen zu integrieren. Achte aber auf Unterschiede in den Wasserwerten.

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