Very peaceful and suitable for many community aquarium given its relatively small size. Good tankmates include other species that prefer hard water, such as similarly-sized rainbowfish, livebearers and freshwater gobies. Best kept in a planted tank with plenty of open swimming space. Found on the island of Sulawesi (formerly known as Celebes, hence the common name of the fish), Indonesia.
Celebes 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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Celebes 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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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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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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This fish enjoy temperatures between 22 - 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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Celebes 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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Celebes Rainbowfish enjoy dark substrates that mimic their natural habitat. Aquarium gravel and sand is suitable.
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Celebes 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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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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