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Red Rainbow Fish Glossolepis incisus
The Red Rainbowfish is one of the larger rainbow fish species, reaching up to 15cm in length in the wild and about 12cm in the aquarium.
These fish are rarely maintained as they should beÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂin large, long tanks in schools of 10 or more fish. A school of 20 specimens in a well-planted 6-foot tank is breathtaking. The school should contain both sexes. Throughout the day, but especially first thing in the morning, the males will perform fantastic displays vying for the female's attention. Reports of aggression toward smaller tankmates are inevitably linked to keeping one or two specimens; these are obligatory schoolers and do not do well alone or in small groups.
Common Names:ÃÂÃÂ Red rainbowfish, salmon rainbowfish, Irian red rainbowfish, New Guinea rainbowfish, etc.
Type Locality:ÃÂÃÂ Irian Jaya Indonesia: Lake Sentani
Range:ÃÂÃÂ Irian Jaya Indonesia: Lake Sentani
Taxonomic Troubles:ÃÂÃÂ This is the original name.
Size:ÃÂÃÂ 15 cm TL (6 inches), males larger than females.
Preferred Water Chemistry:ÃÂÃÂ Tropical, moderately hard, slightly basic.
Difficulty:ÃÂÃÂ A hardy fish, but sensitive to poor water conditions. Plenty of water changes will help maintain its health and bright colours.
Tank Setup:ÃÂÃÂ A large tank is necessary for a school of these heavy-bodied fish. This is not a fish for a 20-gallon community! Tankmates should be of similar size or smaller and peaceful.
Feeding:ÃÂÃÂ Primarily a carnivore. A hearty and greedy feeder, this fish will accept all regular aquarium fare.
Breeding:ÃÂÃÂ Easy to breed. A spawning mop floating in their tank will soon be full of eggs. Young are small and need tiny foods, but they are easy to raise.
Juveniles and females are olive grey with silver iridescence. At about 2 inches in length the males take on a deep red-orange coloration with gold iridescence. Males also develop a much higher body.