50 Shades of Rainbow
It can’t be denied that these mesmerising aquatic critters can capture just about anyone’s attention thanks to their rainbow coloured scales.
Whether you’re a lifetime lover of fish or looking to get a new pet for the family, the Rainbowfish is a beautiful addition to any household.
The Rainbowfish is family to small, colourful, freshwater fishes, which are native to northern and eastern Australia, New Guinea and parts of Southeast Asia. There are more than 70 species of the Rainbowfish grouped into several different families, but the largest of Rainbowfish genus, Melanotaenia, derives from the ancient Greek melano (black) and taenia (banded); when translated, this means “blackbanded” — a reference to the often striking lateral black bands that run along the bodies of those in the Melanotaenia genus. The Rainbowfish got their name from their looks, which consist of bright, iridescent colourations that change shades in different light settings. Recently, it seems that this species has gained popularity amongst aquarists for both their beauty and relatively mild nature. In general, the Rainbowfish are very peaceful and make excellent additions to existing aquarium communities.
The Rainbowfish comes in a multitude of colours depending on the type of species. The most common ones that people usually see on the market have blue-green bodies with silver tints and pink bellies and clear or red-orange fins. Depending on their species, the Rainbowfish can also be more silvery, have a bright red tail and pelvic fins, or be a mix of blue and red. The average length of a Rainbowfish is about 10-15 centimetres long with thin bodies.
While these colourful fishes are known for their technicolour looks, they are not born that way. Rainbowfish hatch from eggs that are laid and fertilised in plants. Once hatched, they appear silverwhite in colour, and as they grow older, they will start to take on the vibrant hues for which they are named after. Generally, male Rainbowfishes grow to become more colourful than their female counterparts, and their average lifespan is between 5 to 6 years, though they may live longer if cared for properly.