Red Irian Rainbow

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Latin name: (Glossolepis incisis)

Care Level

Easy

Temperament

Peaceful

Color(s)

Red

Diet

Omnivore

Preferred Conditions

Easy

Avg. Max Size

4½"

Minimum Tank Size

50 gallons

Family

Melanotaeniidae

This schooling fish should be kept in a planted aquarium, providing plenty of room to move and enough plants to interact with. A dark colored gravel substrate is recommended to allow the colors of the Red Iran Rainbow to intensify, as well as providing a natural environment for them to thrive in. It is important to note, however, that the plants should not be too densely packed, leaving a suitable amount of free-swimming space for the active fish. Additionally, the aquarium should be filtered to ensure a healthy and clean environment for the fish.

Glossolepis incisus is a species of egg-laying fish, native to Australia and New Guinea. Their spawning process can span several days and usually occurs over moss. It is important to remove the adult fish immediately after spawning to ensure the fry have enough food. The eggs should be raised and hatched separately in a separate tank from the adults. Once hatched, the fry should be fed very small live foods, such as infusoria or newly hatched brine shrimp. Through proper care and feeding, Glossolepis incisus fry can reach maturity after approximately 8-10 months. With the right environment and diet, these fish can live for several years.

Although Red Irian Rainbows have large mouths, their throats tend to be narrow; small prey should be fed. An omnivorous diet of prepared foods and plenty of live prey are best for the Red Iran Rainbow.

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