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When young, looks like Checkered and Eastern Rainbows, but as it matures, develops more intense red stripes along the body. Colour and patterns can be variable depending on geographical location and water conditions. Best kept in a planted tank with plenty of open swimming space. 

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Features of Red Striped Rainbowfish:

  • Lateral red lines across body hence the common name red striped
  • Body is an overall blueish colour fading to white
  • Dorsal and anal fin membranes are red once mature
  • Males are much brighter and deeper bodied than females
  • Peaceful community fish with fish of similar size & temperament
  • Grows to 12cm


Tank Mate Compatibility:

Red Striped 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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Red Striped 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 Red Striped 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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Red Striped Rainbowfish Tank Setup:

Aquarium Filtration for Red Striped 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. Naturally found waters with minimal water movement. 

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Aquarium Heater for Red Striped Rainbowfish

This fish enjoy temperatures between 24 - 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 Red Striped Rainbowfish

Red Striped 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 Red Striped Rainbowfish

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

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Aquarium Plants for Red Striped Rainbowfish

Red striped 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 Red Striped 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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