I recently added a few new species to my tank. I did my best to get some halfway decent pictures, but taking pictures of baby Rainbows is nearly impossible. They are small and in constant motion. My thought is to post these now, then follow up when they begin to mature.
Hopefully this helps for people who are new to Rainbow fish. You just can’t go out and buy a mature tank of Rainbows. You start with little guys who don’t look like much, and as they mature they will change shape and develop mature colors.
It takes patience, but personally I really enjoy watching them develop.
So here's what's new.
I’ve mentioned before that the Praecox Rainbow fish is one of the most over bred and weak strains of Rainbow Fish. This is the new “Pagai” Praecox. It’s a recently wild caught species from the village of Pagai, which is now being bred. The hope is to bring in a new healthy bloodline. This one is barely 1” now.
This is a Coomalie Crater Rainbow (Melanotaenia splendida inornata). It’s new to the U.S. market. This little fellow is just under 2”, but is already showing the characteristic checkered pattern they are known for.
This is a Wonga Creek Rainbow fish (Melanotaenia trifasciata). It’s one of the many variations of the Trifasciata’s. This one about 1.5”. Can’t wait to see what he looks like fully matured.
This is a Zig Zag Rainbow Fish (Glossolepis dorityi). This is a good example of how babies don’t look anything like the adult. You can barely make out the trademark red stripes that will develop as he matures. You really need to know what you are buying, as this fish should be spectacular when full grown. Right now he just looks like a minnow
This is a Tor River Rainbow fish (Chilatherina sp.). It should be similar to my Chilatherina Alleni’s, but more of an yellow color. It’s also new in the U.S. market. Right now doesn’t look like much, but once it colors up, is supposed to be one of the most beautiful Chilatherina’s.
This is a Pygmaea Rainbow (Melanotaenia Pygmaea). He's less than an 1", and won't get much bigger. Very hard to get a photo, as they are in constant motion.