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Melanotaenia praecox

Family: Melanotaeniidae
Species: Melanotaenia praecox
Common Name: Dwarf Neon Rainbowfish, Neon Rainbowfish, Praecox
Size: Up to 2 inches (5cm)
Habitat: Indonesia: In small swift flowing jungle streams in the middle sections of the Mamberamo River system in northern Irian Jaya.
Min Tank Size: At least a 40 gallon for a 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 72°F to 82°F (22°-28° C), ph 6.5 - 7.5, Medium hardness 8.0 - 18.0 dGH
Care: Easy to care for. Keep water clean, i.e. weekly water changes, good aeration and good current and this fish will thrive for many years.  
Communities: Good.  
Suitability: Good for all.  

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