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|Common name:||Boeseman's Rainbow|
|Scientific name:||Melanotaenia boesemani|
|Size:||Up to 5" (12.5cm).|
|Origin:||West Papua (formerly Irian Jaya) in Indonesia, Ajamaru Lakes region|
|Tank setup:||Peaceful planted tank with gentle water movement and open swimming space.|
|Compatibility:||Community tank - lively but generally peaceful.|
|Water chemistry:||Fairly soft, slightly acidic to alkaline (pH 6.6-8.0).|
|Feeding:||Omnivore: will take flake and granular foods, which should be supplemented with live and frozen foods.|
|Sexing:||Males are more colourful and generally larger and deeper bodied.|
|Breeding:||Spawn over fine plants. Java moss or spawning mops can be provided. Fry require
very fine food.|
These very popular rainbows should be kept in a large tank providing plenty of open swimming space for this active shoaler.
Water movement should be fairly gentle. The males attain their full colouration at about 12 months.