Madagascan Rainbowfish – Bedotia madagascariensis
Madagascan Rainbowfish – Bedotia madagascariensis is known to inhabit small streams and lower reaches of rivers that drain into a series of coastal lakes/lagoons in Atsinanana region, eastern Madagascar. A popular nature aquarium fish. These beautiful fish are undemanding and are not aggressive which makes these fish a great beginner species.
Common Name:Madagascan Rainbowfish
Scientific Name: Bedotia madagascariensis
Typical Adult Fish Size: 8 – 10 CM
Natural Habitat: Madagascar. Inhabits clear streams that are shaded and at altitudes on average of 30 meters above the sea level. Madagascan Rainbowfish thrive in water that is slowly flowing. Juveniles are easily found in the shallows of water, whereas adult Rainbows often will prefer the deeper waters.
Ideal Tank Ecosystem: Rainbows are a very popular aquarium fish, and don’t require anything special. A peaceful community aquarium. Rainbows are the perfect addition to introduce into a planted tank.
Recommended Aquarium Capacity: 20–60 gallon aquarium
Species Compatibility: Peaceful community tank mates like Molly, Guppies, Platy and Tetras.
Care Level: Beginner+
Aquarium Water Temperature: 23 – 32°C/ 73 – 89°F
Aquarium Water pH: Range pH 4.5 – 7.5
Feeding: Rainbows should be fed once or twice a day. It is very important not to over-feed your Rainbow. All food should be consumed after just a few minutes. Any leftover food should immediately be scooped out of the aquarium water with a fine mesh fish net. Flake food diet is a great base for the Rainbow, however should be supplemented with live foods. Your Rainbow will survive solely on flake food alone, but the live food makes the Rainbow evenly nourished and much healthier. Frozen or live brine shrimp is a popular Rainbow fish food since brine shrimp are quite easily produced at home. Bloodworms, fruit flies, microworms, mosquito larvae, daphnia and diced Earthworms are examples of various suitable foods for your Rainbow.
Sexing: Adult males feature more of an ornate pigmentation in their unpaired fins than the females do and produce more color. Females are fuller in the body, especially when they are noticeably gravid.
Breeding: Madagascan Rainbowfish – Bedotia madagascariensis deposit eggs in vegetation or other suitable substrate with mosses like Java moss. It’s best spawned in a pair or group consisting of one male to two or three females in a tank.
Adults can be placed into the spawning tank leaving in place for a week or so, until the first fry are seen. Alternatively, you can check the substrate daily for eggs and remove them manually. Males can harbor aggressive behaviors when finding pairing females. Filling an aquarium with large-leaved plants and other decor or rock will ensure that they have hides/cover. This will also reduce the stress levels in your aquarium.
Other Considerations: A popular choice. Madagascan Rainbowfish – Bedotia madagascariensis come in an extensive variety of color variations. Very easy to care for. Great for the beginner aquatic hobbyist.
This is a picture of a male Madagascan Rainbowfish.