A basic guide to keeping Rainbowfish.

Geographical origin

Papua New Guinea, Irian Jaya, Australia

Aquarium condition requirements for your Rainbowfish

Minimum aquarium size - a minimum of 90mm x 380mm x 300mm (36” x 15” x 12”) aquarium is necessary for Rainbowfish. If you are intending to keep a few species, a larger tank is necessary.

Temperature - fairly wide range in their requirements, from 18o/28oC (65oF/82oF).

Water parameters - Rainbowfish are very undemanding. Providing the water is clean and clear, they will accept hard and soft water. A water change of 25% each week is beneficial if not essential.

Habitat - Rainbowfish prefer a well planted tank, with some water movement created by an air-stone or filtration. Plants: all species of tropical plants are acceptable in the aquarium. These species do not eat plants.

Rainbowfish behaviour with other fish

Can be aggressive with smaller fishes. With similar sized fish, these constantly active fish are fine.

Rainbowfish diet

Omnivorous. All types of dried, frozen and live foods such as Daphnia and Tubifex worms. Vary their diet and do not overfeed.

Rainbowfish health

Only select fish that are alert and swimming with fins erect. Inspect carefully for signs of disease. Reject lethargic, damaged or hollow bellied specimens. Rainbowfish are generally free of health problems, though may get a touch of mouth fungus if damaged in that area.

Habitat - freshwater tropical aquarium

Behaviour - fine with fish of same size or bigger

Care - easy

The Pet Owners Association are grateful to the Federation of British Aquatic Societies for the above information and image.