Red Rainbowfish (Glossolepis Incisus) Fish Species Profile
The Red Rainbowfish is one of the more significant varieties of their kind. They are hardy, peaceful and active fish, the only drawback with this fish is the fact that it can disturb slow-moving, smaller fish with its rapid movements and relatively large size.
This species of Rainbowfish can be quite skittish and do much better when kept in a school of 6 or more. The males will also be spurred to display their best colours in the company of the same species. Red Rainbowfish is a beautiful fish that can adapt to various water conditions making them extremely popular in the community aquarium.
The Red Rainbowfish sports a long, slender body with a highly arched back and a very thin head. They have big eyes, a deeply forked mouth and two dorsal fins. The males display a dazzling blood-red body and fin colour. The body is emphasised with silver scales.
|Scientific Name||Glossolepis Incisus|
|Other Names||Salmon-red Rainbowfish, Red Irian Rainbowfish, and New Guinea Red Rainbowfish|
|Aquarium Level||Middle - Top|
|Difficulty||Beginner - Intermediate|
|Best kept as||Groups 6+|
|Lifespan||6 - 8 years|
|Maximum Size||up to 15 cm|
|Temperature||72 - 82 ℉ (22.2 - 27.8 ℃)|
|PH||7.0 - 8.5|
|GH||10 - 20|
The Red Rainbowfish is found only in Lake Sentani and its connecting streams in the Northeastern region of West Papua New Guinea, near the city of Jayapura.
The area they inhabit is relatively hilly, so the streams tend to have very clear, warm water and rapidly moving currents, as well as dense vegetation and bogwood.
The Red Rainbowfish is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.
The reason for this is because it is susceptible to the human population growth of this area. Like all Rainbowfish, they are sensitive to water changes, and the introduction of humans in the region brings with it pollutants and waste that get put into the waters.
The Red Rainbowfish is not meticulous when it comes to their food.
High quality, micropellets, flakes, granules and green flakes should be the primary source of their diet. Periodic feedings of freeze-dried or frozen food such as mosquito larvae, tubifex, bloodworms, brine shrimp and daphnia, will help the fish to exhibit their most desirable colours and well-being.