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Red Rainbowfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Red Rainbowfish
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One of the most popular rainbowfish, the Red Rainbowfish or Red Iran has brightly colored males and silvery females. A male fish, without a female present, may become duller in color. Rainbowfish are known for their characteristic large eyes, black or silver band that runs through the middle scale rows, deeply forked mouth, and two dorsal fins.

This schooling fish should be housed in a planted aquarium, but not too densely planted that there is insufficient free-swimming space available, as these are active fish. The Red Rainbowfish requires a gravel substrate and you may find that its colors intensify with a dark colored gravel.

An egg layer, Glossolepis incisus spawns throughout a number of days over moss. The adults should be removed after spawning and the eggs should be raised and hatched separately. The fry should be fed very small, live foods.

Although the Red Rainbowfish has a large mouth, its throat tends to be narrow; small foods should be fed. An omnivorous diet of prepared foods and plenty of live foods are best for the Red Iran.

Ideal tank mates include: Discus, Angelfish, Guppies, Platies, Mollies, Swordtails, Tetras, Gouramis, Barbs, Danios, Rasboras, Loaches, Plecos and Scavenger Catfish of similar size.

Fish Facts

Name: Rathbun's 0Bloodfin (Green Fire Tetra) (Aphyocharax rathbuni)0.

Family: Characidae

Range: South America

Size: Up to 2 inches

Diet: Carnivore

Tank Set-up: Freshwater: Plants, rocks

Tank Conditions: 72-80°F; pH 6.6-7.0; dH 12-18

Minimum Tank Capacity: 30 gallons

Light: Medium

Temperament: Peaceful

Swimming Level: Middle

Care Level: Moderate

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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