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Turqouise Rainbows and Multies in a 29 gallon?

Postby truejeepers » Sun Apr 20, 2008 10:42 pm

Has anyone ever kept Tourqouise Rainbows and a pair of multies in a 29 gallon ?


If so how many Rainbows to school properly?
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Postby Charles » Mon Apr 21, 2008 12:08 am

6 rainbows.

I saw a few people doing multis and rainbows. Both are doing great.
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Postby stslimited84 » Mon Apr 21, 2008 8:08 am

What is the scientific name for rainbows? I'd like to research them to find out more about their requirements and behaviors.
75 gal:
13 Cyps
2 Alto. Calvus White
2 Spathodus Erythrodon
4 Lamp. Multis
3 Synodontis Eupterus

29 Gal:
Neolamp. Brichardi Species Tank

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Postby 24Tropheus » Mon Apr 21, 2008 8:59 am

Is this the one you are thinking of?
Melanotaenia lacustris, Lake Kutubu Rainbowfish, Turquoise Rainbow Fish
So many rainbows!
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Lake Kutubu Rainbowfish

Postby truejeepers » Mon Apr 21, 2008 2:35 pm

I don't know the latin name. just that they are spelled Rainbowfish with no space.
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Postby truejeepers » Mon Apr 21, 2008 2:35 pm

Lake Kutubu Rainbowfish is the varity i want. The coloration in person is stunning. The computer shots look bad though.
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Postby 24Tropheus » Mon Apr 21, 2008 6:24 pm

"The Turquoise Rainbow Fish is relatively easy to care for. They can withstand a wide range of temperatures, but should be kept in water in a range between 68 and 76 degrees Fahrenheit. The pH level of their water should be slightly alkaline, with a range between seven and eight. Min tank size 20g keep 2 females per male." Yep it seems a reasonable dither fish for multies
(bit big though at 4") ?
I use zebra and pearl danios but then each to their own. :thumb:
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Postby Darkside » Mon Apr 21, 2008 8:13 pm

I have multies and rainbows and they get on fine.
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Postby truejeepers » Mon Apr 21, 2008 11:39 pm

I appreciate the help.

thank you
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Postby Xenomorph » Tue Apr 22, 2008 5:15 am

How about the spawning behaviour, how do you prevent the Rainbow babies to be eaten by the Multies?!?

I wasn't aware that you could keep them together. Hrm... I'll do some reading into this.
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Postby DJRansome » Tue Apr 22, 2008 7:05 am

I always thought the Rainbows, if given an environment according to their own needs, needed more swimming room than a 29G. And plants for cover. I know a lot of people use them successfully as "top swimmers" with Malawi, so they are compatible.
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Postby mmd » Wed Apr 23, 2008 9:08 pm

rainbow babies are sooooooo tiny, dont worry about tryingf to breed them in that tank
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