Common name: Black Banded Rainbow
Latin name: Melanotaenia nigrans
Maximum size: 10cm
Water chemistry: pH: 5.5-8.0; Hardness: soft to slightly hard (dH: 9-20); Temperature: 20-34 C
Origin: Australia; distribution across northern Australia.
Diet: Takes all types of small life & frozen food, will thrive on any good quality pellet and flake food.
Melanotaenia nigrans are found in a variety of freshwater environments but seem to prefer slow-flowing clear water streams, billabongs, and swamps with abundant aquatic vegetation. This rainbowfish is ideally suited to a planted tank, and will show its best colours in such surroundings. Keep open spaces between areas of plantings to allow swimming space and areas for males to display each another.