Lake Kurumoi Rainbowfish (Melanotaenia parva)

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Lake Kurumoi Rainbowfish

Melanotaenia parva male.jpg
Lake Kurumoi Rainbowfish

Melanotaenia parva

76 Litres (20 US G.)

3.8-5.1cm (1.5-2 ")




6.5 - 7.5

23.9-26.1°C (75 -79 °F)

6-13 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

3-4 years



This animal is available captive bred

Additional names

Parva Rainbow, Sunset Dwarf Rainbowfish, Kurumoi Rainbowfish, Lake Kurumoi Rainbowfish, Parva Rainbowfish

Additional scientific names

Rhombatractus parva


Asia: known only from Lake Kurumoi, Vogelkop Peninsula, Irian Jaya, Indonesia.


Males are more brilliant and have more red in their fins, particularly the dorsal. Large males may develop a humpback as they mature. Females have more brown in their scales, whereas males are silver-blue.

Tank compatibility[edit]

A peaceful sociable fish that should be kept in shoals of 6 or more, at least 2 females per male. Do not keep with long-finned fish, will otherwise cohabit happily with other peaceful community fish.


Will accept most foods including pellets and flake as well as live food like bloodworm and daphnia.

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit]

Lightly planted tank. They are fast-swimming and truthfully do better in 100 Litres (26.4US G.)+. Expert jumpers, they do best in a community tank of a large school. Potential fin nippers if only because they are so fast!


Prefers the company of others. Keep in a shoal. Will often dart around the tank swiftly, it will occasionally attempt to jump. During feeding time this species will grab food from the top of the tank then swiftly return to the bottom, repeating this in a quick succession that is fun to watch.


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