Red rainbowfish, Glossolepis incisus. These are large (possibly 7-8") males. Females never get reddish, and are hard to come by; most fish farms only sell the males, unfortunately to keep people from breeding them. Brilliantly colorful fish!
The peaceful Boesemani Rainbow is a schooling fish that does best in a planted aquarium with plenty of room to swim. The aquarium should have a gravel substrate that may aid in intensifying the colors of the fish if a dark gravel is used. An egg layer, Melanotaenia boesemani spawns on moss throughout several days. The
Melanotaenia parkinsoni is another very old and still quite popular species of Rainbowfish. I was out this weekend and saw them in two of the LFS in Calgary. The parkinsoni was collected in 1978 by Gerry Allen and most of the population today would be from that collection. So this makes it one of...
Males in breeding colour are one of the prettiest of all Australian natives. Keeping a group in a well planted tank will help promote good colour. Non breeding fish are predominantly olive-green in colour.