Madagascar Rainbow Fish (Bedotia Madagascarensis)

Madagascar Rainbow Fish (Bedotia Madagascarensis)

Madagascar Rainbow Fish (Bedotia Madagascarensis)

Madagascar Rainbow Fish (Bedotia Madagascarensis)

Madagascar Rainbow Fish (Bedotia Madagascarensis)  While the vast majority of extant rainbowfish come from Indonesia, Australia, and surrounding areas there is a group thatcan be found living in waterways on the African island nation of Madagascar. The genus Bedotia, of which there are several species some of which have not yet been assigned a species name, are share their dustant cousins’ peaceful nature and can be kept with a wide variety of common community fish including other rainbows. Newly added tankmates may receive a lot of unwanted attention from Madagascars that might stress sensitive species, but no real harm is done and they will soon ignore the newcomers. The only time when they become aggressive is during breeding where the male pursues the female relentlessly. She requires hiding places to shelter her from the males during those times. Males are easily told apart from females by having either bright red or bright yellow in their fins. In nature, the red and yellow finned varities school together and when breeding you are likely to get variation among the fry. Unfortunately, it is becoming less common in the wild because of the introduction of platies and gambusia to Madagascar. Previously, the rainbowfish could be found in most moving waterways but are now restricted to areas of strong currents and places where there are black water conditions. Fortunately, it breeds readily given a separate spawning tank and they are often available to hobbyists. Although these are pretty and generally peaceful fish, they don’t share the popularity of some rainbows. This is because the become drained of all their colors in a bare tank and are likely ignored by shoppers looking for bright additions to their aquariums. In a well-planted tank, they eventually color up into things of beauty.
Origin: Madagascar
Size: to 10cm/ 4″
Temperature: 23-32°C/73-90°F
Feeding: Accepts all of the standard aquarium foods, but feed live foods like mosquito (larvae or adults), bloodworms, fruit flies, and brine shrimp when conditioning for breeding.
Habitat: These fish enjoy living in a well-planted tank with some swimming areas. They are quite fast when swimming and a long tank of at least 30 gallons/110liters should be considered. While they do not require a strong current from the filter, the tank should be supplied with extra oxygen. Most fish are farm or tank raised these days so they can withstand a pH between 5 and 7.5. They will thrive and remain in good health with regular weekly water changes.
Breeding: Provide a pair with a well planted, slightly smaller tank than what they’re used too. The male will chase the female and she will lay a few large, strong eggs daily for about a week. The parents generally don’t bother the eggs if they are being well fed on live foods. Otherwise, rake the eggs out each day. After a week remove the parents or they will eat the fry. The babies are difficult to raise although they eat well..even finely powered dry foods. This is because they are very sensitive to water chemistry. No water changes should be done in the nursery for several weeks and a good sponge filter and fine air stone should be used.

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