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Bosemani Rainbowfish, Melanotaenia boesemani

The Boesemani Rainbow originates from New Guinea and is not a beginner's fish.  It is also called a Boseman's Rainbow and a Bosemani Rainbow.  The front half of its body is greyish/blue and the back half is yellow.  Like most rainbows, it has two dorsal fins.  The rear dorsal fin and the anal fin are very broad.  Males are generally more colorful.  The Bosemani is a fast moving fish and should be kept in groups of 6 or more.  A large aquarium and regular water changes are essential.  Bosemani eat flake foods and freeze dried blood worms.  They also can be fed brine shrimp occasionally.

Prospective females and a male should be fed live foods to induce breeding.  The breeding tank should have dense plants.  Spawning usually begins in the morning and can extend over days. Water quality should be near the top of their pH range.  It is preferable to remove the adults after breeding.  The fry hatch after two weeks and should be fed Infusoria and brine shrimp.

Bosemani Rainbowfish, Melanotaenia boesemani Bosemani Rainbowfish, Melanotaenia boesemani
Scientific Name: Melanotaenia boesemani
Family: Rainbowfish
Temperature: 27 - 30 C; 81 - 86 F
pH: 7.0 - 8.0
Size: 9 cm; 3.5 inches
Life Span: 4 years
Breeding: Normal, Egglayer


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