Axelrodi Rainbowfish – Melanotaenia herbertaxelrodi
Axelrodi Rainbowfish – Melanotaenia herbertaxelrodi are a peaceful, beautifully colored freshwater fish. Juvenile Axelrodi rainbow fish can look very plain in appearance, however when they mature they boast much more dramatic coloring.
Common Name: Axelrodi Rainbowfish, Lake Tebera Rainbow
Scientific Name: Melanotaenia herbertaxelrodi
Typical Adult Fish Size: 4 inches / 9 cm
Natural Habitat: Australia, New Guinea
Ideal Tank Ecosystem: Axelrodi Rainbowfish – Melanotaenia herbertaxelrodi are a very beautiful, popular aquarium fish. A peaceful community aquarium. Rainbows would be a perfect choice in a planted tank. When housing Axelrodi Rainbow’s in the home aquarium it is important to provide them with a longer aquarium that has areas of plants and plenty of room as they are active swimmers. They are also well known jumpers, thus their aquarium should be well covered in order to keep them from jumping out of the aquarium if they are startled. A dark colored gravel substrate may intensify the Axlerodi Rainbow’s color.
Recommended Aquarium Capacity: 55 gallon / 240 litre
Species Compatibility: Peaceful community tank mates like Molly’s, Guppies, Platys and Tetras.
Care Level: Beginner+
Aquarium Water Temperature: 23 – 32°C / 73 – 89°F
Aquarium Water pH: Range pH 4.5 – 7.5
Feeding: The Axelrodi Rainbow fish should be fed once or twice a day and should consume all their food within a couple of minutes. Never leave any uneaten food in the aquarium. Use a fine mesh aquarium fish net to scoop out any uneaten food. A flake or pellet food diet is a good base for the Rainbow, but should ideally be supplemented with live food. Live food ensures the Rainbow fish is well-nourished and healthier. Live or frozen brine shrimp is a popular Rainbow fish food since Brine Shrimp is very easy to produce at home. Bloodworms, Micro Worms, Fruit Flies, Mosquito larvae, Daphnia and chopped up Earthworms are other examples of other suitable food. Variety in foods is important for all fish.
Sexing: Mature males are larger, exhibiting brighter coloration than females. As they grow, mature males will develop a much deeper body with longer dorsal and anal fins than females do.
Breeding: Axelrodi Rainbowfish will deposit eggs in vegetation or other suitable substrate with Java moss. Spawning works best in a pair or group consisting of a single male and two or three females.
Females are capable of covering large eggs every day and adults can be added to the spawning tank and left in place for a week or so, until the first fry are noticed, or the substrate can be checked each day and eggs removed manually. Males can be aggressive when choosing the females. Ensure that there is lots of cover in the aquarium by placing decor, decorative stones/rock so that the female can escape from the male when needed. We encourage cover/hiding areas as this will also reduce the stress levels of the fish.
Other Considerations: Never add these fish to a tank that is not cycled. A well established tank is best for these beauties.