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Red Rainbow Fishes

The red rainbow fish belong to the family Melanotaeniidae family or the rainbow fish.

The Melanotaeniidae is in the orders of the atheriniforms. Most atheriniforms are distinguished by their two separate dorsal fins. Their lateral lines on them are either completely absent or very weak when viewed.

Some of the other arcane internal features include the peculiarity of the red rainbows larval gut lengths. They are unusually short. Some pet health information regarding the red rainbow fish is while they do not appear to look like much when young, but once they mature, they can be become very pretty.

This can actually be a problem with the rainbow fish normally as very few of the fish are colorful when young and immature, and specifically when crowded into the retailer’s tank. So when you but rainbows one really does need to take it on faith that the ugly or unattractive fish in the tropical fish store will grow to become the brilliant fish. Once the rainbows do mature, they can be sure to remain in good health for lots of years to come, with the larger species of the red rainbows typically living for minimum of five years.

The secret to ensuring good colors in the rainbows is to always buy quality specimens, also to ensure that you feed them a varied diet, and most importantly to keep up with frequent water changes and maintenance. As with many kinds of fish, the Rainbow fish will do their best and are said to be most effectively displayed in tanks which closely simulate their own natural habitats. These fish are known to be fairly adaptable but is definitely acclaimed that a planted tank with swimming space suits them best. Hence an important pet health care tip regarding the red rainbow fish is to try to plan for the tank to get at least one or two hours of sunlight. This should be timed for when you can get a view of the tank as the illumination helps to make the red rainbow fish even more stunning. Rainbow fish are not thought to be exceptionally difficult to take care off provided their water is always kept clean. At least 25 - 50% of the tank water should be replaced weekly, especially if the tank is densely stocked. A potential pet health issue can arise from these fish being very active swimmers hence it is advisable to keep these red rainbow fish in a large tank that measures 30 inches long at a minimum  and that can hold at least 30 or more gallons. Also, the tank should always be securely covered as these red rainbow fish are very skilled jumpers and will probably jump if they are given the opportunity.

  Submitted on May 7, 2010