All of my Rainbow come from very good blood lines. I am fortunate to have a LFS that works with a local Rainbow breeder, so I usually have a good high quality selection locally. You can check with your LFS, tell them what you are looking for, and many times they will be able to help you out.Really great looking tank thanks for posting it! Not sure if you mentioned it somewhere in this post but where do you get your rainbows?
The other way is to contact Rainbow breeders. I have worked with many over the years. Typically they may have one or two species available at any one time. Many post their fish for sale on Aquabid. I have always contacted them, let them know what I am trying to do, and many are very happy to work with you.
Here are a few who are well known.
Gary Lange – aquabid Rainbowfish – MO - [email protected]
John Boylan – aquabid - Johnnyb
Eric Bodrock – aquabid - Alloddballaquatics –PA – [email protected]
Marcel Wuthrich - aquabid - Roseline17 WI - [email protected]
Jim Nowobielski – IL - [email protected]
Other know good on Aquabid Rfman, Justbows
I would also consider wetspot.com. I have never purchased from them but have heard good things. And I know that some very well known breeders have started to supply them with some very good blood lines.
Purchasing good quality Bows is well worth it in my opinion. Since they can live a very time, a few more dollars spent upfront means more colorful healthy Bows for years.
One thing to keep in mind. The little ones you start with won't seem like much at first. It takes some patience. But watching them color up and change shape is part of the enjoyment.