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benny503 07-01-2008 04:21 AM

Please ID this freshwater fish please.
My friend gave me this fish and it's currently in my tank. He have this fish over 6 years so he can't remember what kind of fish it is. This fish have been eating tropical flakes. I would like to know what is the name and sex of this fish and is this fish able to breed? I would love to buy an opposite sex for this fish and breed them. Thank you all

Lupin 07-01-2008 04:40 AM

It's a rainbowfish of the Melanotaenia genus but as I have trouble identifying most rainbowfish like this one, I am unable to nail the exact ID. Rainbowfish are egg layers and can spawn easily as I had done with my Melanotaenia praecox two years ago.

All rainbowfish prefer to be kept in groups so you will need a large spacious tank as this one you have is bound to reach 4 inches.

benny503 07-01-2008 05:38 AM

Thank you very much lupin, now i know the name I can do more research on it. :yourock:

okiemavis 07-01-2008 05:23 PM

Lupin's definitely right on the Melanotaenia.

Perhaps m. lacustris or m. kamaka?

Lupin 07-01-2008 09:15 PM

M. lacustris was my initial guess but I was really unsure so I simply hinted that they are from Melanotaenia judging by their looks. There are two other groups but none can fit that fish well hence it is easily coming from the family, Melanotaenia.

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