Boesemans Rainbowfish (Melanotaenia Boesemani) Fish Species Profile
The Boeseman's rainbowfish is an active, peaceful species and will not pursue smaller tankmates, that and their mouth and throat is too little to be able to swallow them.
These Rainbowfish can be quite nervous and do far better when kept in a shoal of 6 or more. The males will also be inspired to display their best colours in the company of the same species. They can also adapt to most water conditions and are stunning fish making them relatively popular in the community tank.
They have extended deep bodies, an arched back, two dorsal fins, a narrow head and relatively large eyes. The front half of the fish sports deep indigo blue or purple colour and the back half of the males display fiery red with orange and yellow highlights. The two colours then meet in the middle of the body with a few dark greens to blackish vertical stripes. The fins are generally opaque and yellow and edged in white.
|Scientific Name||Melanotaenia Boesemani|
|Other Names||Boesemani Rainbowfish|
|Aquarium Level||Middle - Top|
|Best kept as||Groups 6+|
|Lifespan||6 - 8 years|
|Maximum Size||up to 13|
|Temperature||79 - 86 ℉ (26.1 - 30 ℃)|
|PH||6.5 - 8.0|
|GH||10 - 20|
Boeseman's rainbowfish are found in the mountainous region of Vogelkop Peninsula of western New Guinea, West Papua and Indonesia in Asia where they inhabit the clear or swampy shallow, hard, alkaline waters of Aitinjo, Hain and Ayamaru lakes that are densely vegetated.
The Boeseman's rainbowfish is listed on the IUCN red list as endangered due to environmental damage and over-harvesting. Trade limitations of these fish have been put in place by the local government to restrict over-harvesting and to reduce their mortality.
Boeseman's rainbowfish are not fussy when it comes to their food.
High quality, flakes, micropellets, green flakes and granules should be the staple of their diet. Intermittent feedings of freeze-dried or frozen food such as mosquito larvae, bloodworms, daphnia, brine shrimp and tubifex will help the fish to present their best colours and health.