Axelrodi (Lake Tebera) Rainbow
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Melanotaenia herbertaxelrodi

Axelrodi (Lake Tebera) Rainbow

Quick Stats:   Axelrodi Rainbow

Family: Melanotaeniidae
Range: New Guinea, Australia
Size: Up to 4 inches
Diet: Omnivore
Tank Set-up: Freshwater: Plants, rocks
Tank Conditions: 64-72°F; pH 6.5-7.2; dH 10-15
Minimum Tank Capacity: 50 gallons
Light: High
Temperament: Peaceful
Swimming Level: No specific level
Care Level: Easy
Reproduction: Egg Layer

The Axelrodi Rainbow, or Lake Tebera Rainbow, is a peaceful, schooling fish that shows its best colors in sunlight. The Rainbowfish is known for its characteristic large eyes, black or silver band that runs through the middle scale rows, deeply forked mouth, and two dorsal fins.

The aquarium for a Melanotaenia herbertaxelrodi should have plants in bunches with open water in the middle of the aquarium. A dark colored gravel substrate may intensify the Axelrodi Rainbow's colors.

An egg layer, the Axelrodi Rainbow spawns over moss with the fry hatching after about seven days. The fry should be fed small, live foods such as brine shrimp. Morning sunlight may trigger spawning.

Although Axelrodi Rainbow has a large mouth, its throat tends to be narrow. Small pieces of foods such as prepared flake, frozen, and live foods should be fed.

Ideal tank mates include:

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