Yellow Rainbow Fish

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Description of the Yellow Rainbow Fish

The body of the Lake Terbera or Yellow Rainbowfish is bright yellow with a blue/black stripe usually mid way along the fish. Its fins are red or yellow.

Popular Name: Yellow Rainbow Fish
Species: Melanotaenia herbertaxelrodi

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Yellow Rainbow Fish

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Profile of the Yellow Rainbow Fish
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Yellow Rainbow Fish species.

  • Size: Up to 12cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: Temp: 23 Degrees, PH 7.5 - 7.8 Alkaline

  • Diet / Feeding: To achieve more vibrant colors live food such as Mysis Shrimp and Bloodworm are preferable

  • Temperament: Good lively fish that integrates well with most communities

  • Habitat: Found mainly in lakes

  • Behaviour: Peaceful fish that thrive if placed in groups of six or more

  • Range: New Guinea

Scientific Classification of the Yellow 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 herbertaxelrodi

  • Popular Name: Yellow Rainbow Fish, Lake Tebera Rainbowfish

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Atheriniformes

  • Family: Melanotaeniidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Yellow 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 Yellow Rainbow Fish slimy?
Yellow Rainbow Fish secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Yellow 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 Yellow Rainbow Fish have gills?
Gills enable the Yellow 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 Yellow 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 Yellow Rainbow Fish has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

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

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

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

Interesting Facts and Information about Yellow Rainbow Fish

Yellow Rainbow Fish

  • Interesting Information about Yellow Rainbow Fish

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Yellow Rainbow Fish slimy?

  • Why do the Yellow Rainbow Fish have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Yellow Rainbow Fish have fins?

  • Species: Melanotaenia herbertaxelrodi

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