Madagascan Rainbow Fish

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Description of the Madagascan Rainbow Fish

The Madagascan Rainbow Fish is from a family of fish known as Bedotiidae. They are long and quite flat in appearance and as their name suggests are only found in rivers and streams in Madagascar, Africa.

Popular Name: Madagascan Rainbow Fish
Species: Bedotia geayi

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Madagascan Rainbow Fish

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

  • Size: Up to 10cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: Temp: 24 Degrees, PH: 6-7.5

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

  • Temperament: Peaceful, ideally keep a group of at least 6 fish together

  • Habitat: Rivers, Streams and Swamps

  • Behaviour: Lively fish that require a suitably sized tank with some planting

  • Range: Madagascar, Africa

Scientific Classification of the Madagascan 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: Bedotia geayi

  • Popular Name: Zona, Red Tailed Silverside, Madagascan Rainbow Fish, Madagascar rainbowfish, Malagasy rainbowfish

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Atheriniformes

  • Family: Bedotiidae

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

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

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

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

Interesting Facts and Information about Madagascan Rainbow Fish

Madagascan Rainbow Fish

  • Interesting Information about Madagascan Rainbow Fish

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

  • Why do the Madagascan Rainbow Fish have gills?

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

  • Species: Bedotia geayi

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