Max Size: 3.5cm

Vogelkop Blue Eye Rainbowfish (Pseudomugil reticulatus)

The Vogelkop Blue-eye Rainbowfish is quite rare and not often available in the aquarium trade. These fish are peaceful species that are perfect for the nano or well-planted aquarium. However, they are not suitable for the general community aquarium because of their small size and will easily be outcompeted for food.

These Rainbowfish are best maintained in a species only aquarium or alongside fish that are similarly sized, similar in disposition and share the exact water requirements. The best tankmates for these fish would be adult Dwarf Shrimp and other Invertebrates.

Vogelkop Blue-eye Rainbowfish are a shoaling species that you should keep in groups of at least eight individuals, ideally more. Keeping them in more significant numbers will make the fish less anxious and result in a more efficient, natural-looking display. In addition, the males will display some fascinating behaviour and show their best colours to compete for female attention.

These fish will fare much better in a densely planted aquarium with floating plants and driftwood roots or branches; this will help diffuse the light that these fish will appreciate and will add a more natural feel to the aquarium.

Vogelkop Blue-eye Rainbowfish have a brownish body and a silvery abdomen, and the central part of their chest is yellow. The top half of their first dorsal fin, the anterior half of their second dorsal and the edge of their anal fin is red. The upper and lower portion of the caudal fin is also red. The head has a red hue, while the ventral fins are pinkish-red. The eyes are incredibly blue. The borders of some scales on the abdomen are edged with black. In contrast, females exhibit a more robust reticular pattern and yellow fins.

Quick Facts
Scientific NamePseudomugil reticulatus
Other NamesNone
Aquarium LevelMiddle
DifficultyBeginner - Intermediate
Best kept asGroups 8+
Lifespan3 - 5 years
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH4.5 - 7.5
GH5 - 12
72 - 82℉
22.2 - 27.8℃

Photos of the Vogelkop Blue Eye Rainbowfish

Vogelkop Blue Eye Rainbowfish
Vogelkop Blue Eye Rainbowfish

Natural Habitat

Vogelkop Blue-eye Rainbowfish can be found in a stream East of Ajamaru Village in the middle of the Vogelkop Peninsula in Irian Jaya in Indonesia. These fish inhabit clear water as well as water heavily stained with tannins running swiftly over mud, sand and gravel to slow-flowing water over a similar substrate. This species has also been collected from the Saengga and Manggosa rivers on the north coast of the Bomberai Peninsula. in either place, they both flow north into Bintuni Bay.

What to feed the Vogelkop Blue Eye Rainbowfish

The Vogelkop Blue-eye Rainbowfish is not picky when it comes to the food they eat. Therefore, you should provide these Rainbowfish with High-quality micropellets, flakes, granules and vegetable flakes as the primary source of their diet.

In addition, giving these fish frequent feedings of frozen, live, or freeze-dried food such as bloodworm, daphnia, mosquito larvae, brine shrimp and tubifex will help the fish to display their best health and colours.

How to sex the Vogelkop Blue Eye Rainbowfish

It is relatively easy to differentiate between the males and female Vogelkop Blue-eye Rainbowfish. Males have a slightly darker body colouration and red fins, whereas females exhibit yellow fins.

How to breed the Vogelkop Blue Eye Rainbowfish

Vogelkop Blue-Eye Rainbowfish are an egg-laying species that exhibit no parental care and may consume their eggs and fry if given an opportunity.

Spawning is more likely to occur in slightly cooler water, with the females attaching a few eggs daily for several days on aquatic vegetation or decor. An individual male can mate with multiple females during a single day.

There are two methods you can use for breeding these Rainbowfish. The first involves separating a small group containing a single male and two or three females into a breeding tank with an air-powered sponge filter and a spawning medium; this can be either moss or spawning mops. You should check the medium several times a day, and you should move any eggs into a separate container for incubation and hatching. The alternative method is to maintain a colony of adults in a more extensive, fully-decorated set-up that should allow some fry to survive if well-planted.

Since these fish spend the early part of their life close to the water surface, aquatic mosses attached to decor high in the water column produce the most favourable results. Still, floating plants with trailing roots work just as well.

The second approach does not result in a very high yield but is more straightforward and reliable. This is because mature, planted aquariums facilitate relatively stable water conditions, and microfauna can constitute a valuable early food source for babies.

The incubation period is usually around ten days depending on the temperature of the water. After that, the fry will require microscopic food such as Paramecium for approximately five days before they can accept baby brine shrimp, microworms, and similarly-sized foods. You can also raise them by using good quality powdered dry products. After that, the growth rate of the fry usually is relatively fast.

Unclean water can result in increased mortality; therefore, it is essential that you perform regular small water changes and do not allow any uneaten food to accumulate in the rearing tank.

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Date Added: 24/01/2022 18:03:23 - Updated: 24/01/2022 18:21:09