Boeseman's Rainbow Fish

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Description of the Boeseman's Rainbow Fish

The Boeseman's Rainbow Fish is a wonderful tropical fish, its bright blue and yellow colors make it a very attractive addition to any aquarium. It is advisable to keep a large group of these fish together and ensure the tank is large enough with plenty of plants to ensure successful breeding.

Popular Name: Boeseman's Rainbow Fish
Species: Melanotaenia boesemani

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Boeseman's Rainbow Fish

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Profile of the Boeseman's Rainbow Fish
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Boeseman's Rainbow Fish species.

  • Size: Female up to 14cm, Male up to 15cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: Temp: 28 Degrees, PH 7-8 Neutral to Hard

  • Diet / Feeding: Mosquito Larvae, Mysis Shrimp, Bloodworm and Daphnia

  • Temperament: Excellent

  • Habitat: Rivers and Streams in New Guinea, Indonesia and Australia

  • Behaviour: Very Peaceful fish, ideally kept in a large group

  • Range: North and East Australia and New Guinea

Scientific Classification of the Boeseman's Rainbow Fish
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Melanotaenia boesemani

  • Popular Name: Boesemani Rainbowfish, Boseman's Rainbowfish

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Atheriniformes

  • Family: Melanotaeniidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Boeseman's Rainbow Fish?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!


Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Boeseman's Rainbow Fish slimy?
Boeseman's Rainbow Fish secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Boeseman's Rainbow Fish to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do Boeseman's Rainbow Fish have gills?
Gills enable the Boeseman's Rainbow Fish to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do the Boeseman's Rainbow Fish have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:

  • Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Boeseman's Rainbow Fish has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Boeseman's Rainbow Fish has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Boeseman's Rainbow Fish has Caudal fins to propel through the water.

  • Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Boeseman's Rainbow Fish has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement

Interesting Facts and Information about Boeseman's Rainbow Fish

Boeseman's Rainbow Fish

  • Interesting Information about Boeseman's Rainbow Fish

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Boeseman's Rainbow Fish slimy?

  • Why do the Boeseman's Rainbow Fish have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Boeseman's Rainbow Fish have fins?

  • Species: Melanotaenia boesemani

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