The Banded Rainbowfish Melanotaenia trifasciata is one of the brightest colored fish in its family. This is a brilliant little river fish from Australia that is dressed from tip to tail in bold colors. This fish comes in upwards of 30 varieties, each with as beautiful a pattern as the next. Other common names of this fish is known by include Jewel Rainbowfish, Regal Rainbowfish, Three Stripe Rainbowfish, and the Goyder River Rainbowfish.
While rainbow fish were previously only kept by a small dedicated base of aquarists, they are gradually becoming more common in aquariums. The Banded Rainbowfish is an excellent representative of all the positive characteristics of the family: brilliant colors, easy keeping, and a lively personality. A school of these lively but peaceful fish will certainly brighten up a large show aquarium.
These fish are great for beginners as they can tolerate many different water conditions. A planted tank is an excellent way to showcase your beautiful rainbow fish. Adult specimens of these Jewel Rainbowfish are rarely seen for sale, and the available juveniles will look a little drab. But don't be dismayed, with just a little time and patience you will see them in their full glory. With frequent water changes and the company of the opposite sex, males will soon show their intense colors.
|Scientific Name:||Melanotaenia trifasciata|
|Minimum Tank Size:||30 gallons|
|Water Conditions:||75-91°F, KH 9-19, pH 6.5-8.0|
|Max. Size:||13cm / 5 inches|
|Color Form:||green or blue with silver lines|