Hello dear readers. Red-banded melanotenia is an aquarium fish that belongs to the family of iris.
It is found in nature, this aquatic animal in the waters of the islands of Papua New Guinea and Aru.
Melanotenia red-striped has an oval and tall body, slightly flattened at the sides and elongated. The dorsal fin has a two-bladed structure. Its short part in females has a rounded shape, while in males it has a pointed shape.
Anal fin also elongated. The main color of the red-striped melanotenia is silver with a bluish tint.
The chest and abdomen are green and the back is greenish-brown. A longitudinal strip runs along the body on both sides, which is formed by a series of red-brown spots. The fins of the fish have a golden color pattern and are painted in bright red.
In captivity, a fish can live for about 5 years and grow up to 15 centimeters in length.
Red-striped melanotenia, as well as its relatives, is considered to be a peaceful and active aquarium fish that gets on well with other peaceful fish (pearl gurus, baron denison, red neons, terntions and ornatus). It is better to keep fish in flocks where females should prevail.
The best option is of course the species aquarium, whose length should be about a meter. Without fail, cover the jar with a lid, as the fish are nimble and can jump out of the aquarium.
The water in the aquarium should have a hardness in the range of 7 -25 degrees, the active reaction of the environment is 6.3 – 8.5 pH, and the temperature is 22 – 27 degrees. In view of the fact that the fish is very sensitive to the oxygen content in the water, the aquarium should be well blown with air and the water should be filtered. It is also necessary to make regular changes of 1/3 of water to fresh.
You can feed the fish both live (shrimp, tubule, bloodworm or daphnia), and vegetable feed.
Fish become sexually mature at the age of 8 – 10 months. Spawning can occur both in a separate spawning and in a common bank.
The spawning volume should be fairly decent, and small-leaved aquarium plants (for example, Javanese moss) should be placed in it. A couple of weeks before spawning, a couple of males and twice as many females are deposited, which are kept apart and feed abundantly.
Spawning can last about a week and every day the female can throw up to fifty eggs, which are attached to the plants in the aquarium. If the producers are poorly fed, they can begin to feed on eggs. Once a week, the substrate with caviar must be transferred to another container with fresh aquarium water.
After a week of the incubation period, the fry will turn off and begin to rise to the surface to fill the swim bladder with air. At this point, the fry will begin to look for food for themselves.
Starter feed is better to use nauplii brine shrimp and rotifers.