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post #16 of 32 (permalink) Old 02-03-2013, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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Wow some sweet colors on those bosemoni's
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Hi Rickybobby,

Those were Melanotaenia boesemani “Lake Aytinjo” and here is Gary's picture of the species.

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If I had the money I would get some but they sure aren't cheap. Also I've heard they like a high ph and hard water is that true?
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Get the Bosemanii's. By far the best "Common" species IMO.
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If I had the money I would get some but they sure aren't cheap. Also I've heard they like a high ph and hard water is that true?
Hi Rickybobby,

I recall Gary Lange saying that rainbowfish come from many different habitats. He keeps most of his species in standard St. Louis water or water softened with RO. I keep my Melanotaenia lacustris (Turquoise Rainbowfish) in about 5.0 dGh, 2.0 dKH, with a 6.8 PH.

They eat dry food (TetraMin and Ken's), frozen Bloodworms, and a few times a month live White Worms (Enchytraeus albidus). The males flash every morning and occasionally I see them duck into my large Nymphoides sp. 'Taiwan' but it is a community tank with Corys and other species so I never see any fry.

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Hi Rickybobby,

I recall Gary Lange saying that rainbowfish come from many different habitats. He keeps most of his species in standard St. Louis water or water softened with RO. I keep my Melanotaenia lacustris (Turquoise Rainbowfish) in about 5.0 dGh, 2.0 dKH, with a 6.8 PH.

They eat dry food (TetraMin and Ken's), frozen Bloodworms, and a few times a month live White Worms (Enchytraeus albidus). The males flash every morning and occasionally I see them duck into my large Nymphoides sp. 'Taiwan' but it is a community tank with Corys and other species so I never see any fry.
Thanks hopefully ill get some turquoise rainbows and if the price is right bosemaniis
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Hi Rickybobby,

Those were Melanotaenia boesemani “Lake Aytinjo” and here is Gary's picture of the species.
As I recall the 'lake aytinjo' are a smaller speices of bosmani as well. So they do not have the large tank requirement as the common bosmani's

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If I had the money I would get some but they sure aren't cheap. Also I've heard they like a high ph and hard water is that true?
Rainbowfish are pretty darn adapatable. the water they come from varies at different times of the year.

Here is a good source for rainbow info too, this is Adrian Tappin's E-book on rainbowfish, he would be considered the Gary Lange of Australia lol

http://rainbowfish.angfaqld.org.au/Contents.htm
http://rainbowfish.angfaqld.org.au/Melano.htm


The one species I REALLY want is no longer available in the US due to Australian export laws. Melanotaenia gracilis.

I think I had heard at one point there are 60+ species lol thats a ton of rainbows right there.
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Hi Rickybobby,

I recall Gary Lange saying that rainbowfish come from many different habitats. He keeps most of his species in standard St. Louis water or water softened with RO. I keep my Melanotaenia lacustris (Turquoise Rainbowfish) in about 5.0 dGh, 2.0 dKH, with a 6.8 PH.

They eat dry food (TetraMin and Ken's), frozen Bloodworms, and a few times a month live White Worms (Enchytraeus albidus). The males flash every morning and occasionally I see them duck into my large Nymphoides sp. 'Taiwan' but it is a community tank with Corys and other species so I never see any fry.
We also give our B. rainbows St. Louis water Just thought I'd boast a little picture of our 'Gamma Squadron':
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As I recall the 'lake aytinjo' are a smaller speices of bosmani as well. So they do not have the large tank requirement as the common bosmani's



Rainbowfish are pretty darn adapatable. the water they come from varies at different times of the year.

Here is a good source for rainbow info too, this is Adrian Tappin's E-book on rainbowfish, he would be considered the Gary Lange of Australia lol

http://rainbowfish.angfaqld.org.au/Contents.htm
http://rainbowfish.angfaqld.org.au/Melano.htm


The one species I REALLY want is no longer available in the US due to Australian export laws. Melanotaenia gracilis.

I think I had heard at one point there are 60+ species lol thats a ton of rainbows right there.
Thank you great links
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I was going to post that very link but Noahma beat me to it.

I've got Melanotaenia maccullochi Skull Creeks and I love them, they're so brightly colored and bold, perfect community fish for my tank.
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We also give our B. rainbows St. Louis water Just thought I'd boast a little picture of our 'Gamma Squadron':
Agreed. My Turquoise Rainbows are thriving and spawn regularly for me in STL water.
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LOL, I was just thinking that maybe we shouldn't be posting all these pics and saying what great fish 'bows are for planted tanks.....it will increase the demand and prices!

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Thanks hopefully ill get some turquoise rainbows and if the price is right bosemaniis
I'd find a breeder if you're spooked by local prices. Most of us charge about $6 a juvenile fish - (sorry i don't have any bosemani's for the forseeable future), but there are several of us who do breed most of these fish that we get from Gary. Just snoop around the rainbowfish forum, however, you do often have to be patient to find exactly what you're looking for. While there are breeders out there, we are not a dime a dozen, and its often easier to send someone eggs rather than juveniles. You obviously have to usually pay for shipping, however, given the LFS often start at about $12 and go upwards for a single fish you will likely still come out spending less after shipping if you get a decent group.

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I'd find a breeder if you're spooked by local prices. Most of us charge about $6 a juvenile fish - (sorry i don't have any bosemani's for the forseeable future), but there are several of us who do breed most of these fish that we get from Gary. Just snoop around the rainbowfish forum, however, you do often have to be patient to find exactly what you're looking for. While there are breeders out there, we are not a dime a dozen, and its often easier to send someone eggs rather than juveniles. You obviously have to usually pay for shipping, however, given the LFS often start at about $12 and go upwards for a single fish you will likely still come out spending less after shipping if you get a decent group.

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Thanks maybe ill get lucky and find someone local
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