Species group: Rainbowfish
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Scientific name: Melanotaenia boesemani
The Boeseman's Rainbowfish is native to several small lakes in the province of West Papua, Indonesia. In its native habitat, it is considered endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (ICUN), largely because of harvesting for the international aquarium fish trade. These fish are fast swimmers.
The Boeseman's Rainbowfish has a blue, purplish head which tapers off into a yellow orange body. There is also a silver band that runs through the middle scale rows. The fish is known for its prominent eyes and deeply forked mouth. Boeseman's Rainbowfish also has two dorsal fins and a pronounced anal fin. Colors vary from dark blue to white when they are angry.
Melanotaenia boesemani is a peaceful, schooling fish and does best in groups of 10 or more individuals in a well planted tank. Interestingly, its color changes depending on its mood. Boeseman's Rainbowfish is a peaceful fish which likes to swim in schools of six or more. It swims mostly in the middle level of the aquarium. It is a very good community fish and can be kept with a number of other species.
This fish requires at least a 20-gallon tank with a lot of vegetation. The fish requires a lot of swimming space. Ideally, the aquarium should have a gravel substrate.
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