Boesemani Rainbowfish (Melanotaenia boesemani)

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Boesemani Rainbowfish

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Male Boesemani Rainbowfish

Melanotaenia boesemani

189 Litres (50 US G.)

10.2-12.7cm (4-5 ")




6.5 - 7.5

27 -30 °C (80.6-86°F)

9-19 °d

2:3 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

4-5 years



This animal is available captive bred

Additional names

Boesemani Rainbow fish, Boeseman's Rainbowfish, Bicolor Rainbowfish

Origin[edit | edit source]

Inhabits lakes which are situated at the headwaters of the Ajamaru River in Irian Jaya which drains into the Kais River eventually flowing to the Ceram Sea in Asia.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Females are slimmer than males with less vivid colouration.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

A peaceful community mid-swimming fish, will live with other similar sized peaceful fish. Keep in groups of 6 or more, more females than males. May well pose a threat to smaller invertebrates including snails.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Will accept most foods including pellet and flake food as long as the morsels are small. They will accept blanched vegetables and live/frozen food as well such as brine shrimp.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

They need plenty of open swimming space as they are quite active swimmers. A mature tank with tall plants and open swimming space in the centre without very bright lighting is ideal.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

An active peaceful shoaling fish.

Identification[edit | edit source]

A slender high-backed fish with a pointed snout. They are attractively coloured, especially the males, their front half is blue and their back half is orange.

Pictures[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]

Courtship: Males:

External links[edit | edit source]