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This is really going to be applicable with any "centrepiece" fish, if by this term one is thinking of somewhat larger fish which will almost always be sedate. For example, any South or Central American cichlid falls into this category, as do the anabantids.
But "centrepiece" can also mean some of the larger shoaling fish from the characins, atherinids (rainbowfish), peaceful barbs, etc. But here too one just has to select the smaller shoaling fish (tetra) carefully. Activity level is a very important criteria. I also consider water currents (not all fish are equal here, and this can be very stressful) as well as the more obvious temperature and other parameters.
Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada
The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]
Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
I have Rainbowfish as the centrepiece in one of my tanks and they're gorgeous. Also VERY active, and responsive. They follow me when I walk by the tank and come front and centre when it is feeding time. Beautiful colors as they mature. My favorites are the red Irian and Bosemani.
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Males can attain 4.3 inches, females 3.2 inches.Minimum Tank Suggestion
48 inches in length.
Read more: Boeseman Rainbowfish (Melanotaenia boesemani) Profile
I think 4 inches is typical. Should be plenty of room for them in your big tank, plus a number of tetras as well.
Some of the most popular Rainbowfish are Red Irian, Lake Kubutu, Turquoise, and Bosemani. I believe they all max out at around 4 inches, smaller for females.
Angelfish are totally different.
There are species of Rainbowfish that grow larger, but the ones I have mentioned above are the ones typically found in my area, and I believe they are all of the 4" max variety. The Bosemani's and Reds are stunning when they mature, and as mentioned in Byron's profile, max out at just over 4 inches, with the females even smaller.
Last edited by Canadian Fish; 09-17-2012 at 11:57 AM.
My Rainbows get along with everyone in their tank. The zebra loaches in the tank swim along with them. I keep 3 different kinds of Rainbows and they all school together.
The juveniles in the store often look very pale in color, but as soon as you get them home in a decent sized tank and start feeding them, the colors start coming out right away, and as they mature they just get more vibrant.
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