Common name: Lacustris or Lake Kutubu Rainbowfish
Latin name: Melanotaenia lacustris
Maximum size: 12cm
Water chemistry: pH: 6.5-8.0; Hardness: soft to slightly hard (dH: 9-20); Temperature: 22-30 C
Origin: Papua New Guinea, Southern Highlands Province; Lake Kutubu.
Diet: Takes all types of small life & frozen food, will thrive on any good quality pellet and flake food such as New Life Spectrum Community Pellets.
The Lacustris Rainbowfish is a popular aquarium fish even outside Australia. It has a very beautiful colouration, especially when kept in a well planted aquarium and given plenty of live food. They inhabit slow to faster flowing streams and other water bodies. Keep open spaces between areas of plantings to allow swimming space and areas for males to display each another.