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Description

This species occurs in 2 colour forms: orange finned and also yellow finned. Hardy and easy to care for, best kept in a planted tank with plenty of open swimming space. Males develop long fins with age. Found along the southern coast of eastern Papua New Guinea. Best kept in a planted tank with plenty of open swimming space.

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Features of Parkinsons Rainbowfish:

  • Silver body fading to blotchy yellow dorsally
  • Males develop an extended fins and are much brighter than females
  • Peaceful community fish with fish of similar size & temperament
  • Grows to 12-15cm

 

Tank Mate Compatibility:

Parkinsons Rainbowfish are peaceful community fish that prefer to swim in groups of 6 or more. Best kept in a ratio of one male to two females. They can also be kept with other peaceful community fish and Rainbowfish of similar size. 

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Diet:

Parkinsons Rainbowfish are omnivore's. Feed protein rich foods such as high-quality flake foods and small pellets. For healthy fish, ensure a varied diet. This species enjoy live foods such as bloodworms, blackworms and brine shrimp. They also feed on algae and spirulina based foods. Fresh vegetables such as lettuce, kale, zucchini and cucumber can be provided. 

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The Best Aquarium Size for Parkinsons Rainbowfish:

Best suited to a longer aquarium as they are active and energetic swimmers. An aquarium 3ft or larger is recommended. They are also well known jumpers, thus their aquarium should be well covered. 

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Parkinsons Rainbowfish Tank Setup:

Aquarium Filtration for Parkinsons Rainbowfish

A good filtration system is necessary as they enjoy clean and clear waters with a slow flow rate. Ensure your filter has an adequate flow rate to effectively remove waste from the aquarium.

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Aquarium Heater for Parkinsons Rainbowfish

This fish enjoy temperatures between 26 - 28° C. If you are unable to maintain this temperature naturally, use an aquarium heater. Aquarium heaters also stabilize water temperatures.  A thermometer is recommended to monitor the water temperature.

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Aquarium Lighting for Parkinsons Rainbowfish

Parkinsons Rainbowfish are happiest in a dimly lit environment. We recommend LED aquarium lighting with adjustable brightness to ensure the light level can be altered for happy fish. If using moderate regular lighting, broad leaf and floating aquarium plants can offer shaded areas.

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Substrate for Parkinsons Rainbowfish

Parkinsons Rainbowfish enjoy dark substrates that mimic their natural habitat. Aquarium gravel and sand is suitable. 

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Aquarium Plants for Parkinsons Rainbowfish

Parkinsons Rainbowfish prefer spacious planted aquariums with medium to large plants, including lots of floating plants. The lake in which they are found is heavily vegetated with lilies. Plant the background with tall growing plants, leaving the foreground an open space for swimming.

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Aquarium Decorations Parkinsons Rainbowfish

Rock & wood can be placed in the aquarium to mimic natural habitats and provide hiding locations to retreat to and reduce stress. Rainbowfish that are less stressed show brighter colours.

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Additional Information

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