This is one of the “earlier” rainbows, first imported into Europe in 1934. It is also one of the smaller species, whose popularity has gradually been eclipsed by the more recent and more colorful additions to the range of species that are available. At least two naturally occurring color variants are known.
Other common names
- Black- lined/Dwarf/ Australian Rainbowfish
- Northeast Australia and southeast Papua New Guinea.
- Up to 2 3/4in (7cm).
- Generally peaceful shoaler.
- Wide range of foods accepted.
- Spacious, well planted, with large open central area. Short, fine-leaved or fronded plants, such as Java moss (Vesicularia dubyana), may be used along bottom of swimming area. Medium-hard, slightly alkaline, well filtered but not turbulent water recommended. Temperature range: 68-86 F (20-30 C).
- Eggs are scattered —over a period of a few days—among fine-leaved vegetation, e.g., Java moss. Hatching takes approximately 7 days.