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Mountain rainbowfish

Family: Melanotaeniidae
Species: Melanotaenia monticola
Common Name: Mountain rainbowfish
Size: Up to 4" (10cm)
Habitat: New Guinea: Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea between Mendi and Lake Kutubu, in the Purari River system.
Min Tank Size: At least a 55 gallon for a large school.
Diet: Omnivorous. Loves live blackworms, insects, frozen foods and flakes. Needs good source of edible vegetation as well.
Behavior: Peaceful, schooling species.
Water: Temperature 64°F to 72°F (18°-22° C), pH 6.5-7.2 no special requirements
Care: Easy to care for. Keep water clean, i.e. weekly water changes, good aeration and good current and this fish will thrive.  
Communities: Like most rainbows, caution with fish that have longer fins- they tend to nip.  
Suitability: Good for all.  

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