Are you looking for a low maintenance
fish that is nevertheless vibrant and exotic? If this sounds
like you, then the rainbow tropical fish is the perfect choice
for you. This sadly overlooked species is a mellow little fish
that is ideal for beginner and veteran aquarium keepers
Why is the rainbow tropical fish such a rare find? This is
largely because many fish stores sell fish as juveniles or
babies. Rainbow tropical fish don't tend to get their vibrant
colors until they're much older—as young fish they tend to be
brownish green. These school dwelling fish show their colors
when attracting mates. Unlike many tropical fish, they show no
signs of aggression when other males are in the tank. Having a
female or two will be ideal for breeding as well.
However, when choosing fish for your tank, be sure not to
overcrowd them. While these are relatively small fish, they're
still a school dwelling species that needs lots of room to
roam. If you are unsure as to which fish to include with your
school, try asking your local fish store.
Along with being beautiful, rainbow tropical fish are able
to get along with a wide variety of aquarium fish. Oftentimes
the problem is finding tropical freshwater fish that will be
compatible with the rainbow fish; even tetras are known for
nipping fins every so often. Some equally relaxed fish include
guppies, angel fish, rasboras, and loaches. In addition to
being a very mild tempered fish, they're relatively hearty as
well, making them ideal fish for beginning tanks.
Some other things to remember when raising rainbow fish is
the composition of your tank. Be sure to include lots of places
for your fish to hide or sleep. These include broad leafed
plants, large rocks, and pieces of driftwood. Being naturally
shy creatures, rainbow tropical fish need places for privacy
and will lose their natural colors if overstressed.
Additionally, like most fish, rainbow fish are sensitive to
extreme water changes. When caring for this species, be sure to
have a quality water testing kit on hand. This allows you to
check the levels of ammonia, nitrate, calcium, and other
substances. In addition to this, having a high quality heater
and thermometer can't hurt either. There are even brands of
heaters that have a memory setting, allowing you to keep the
tank's temperature from fluctuating.
These are only a few things to consider when caring for a
rainbow tropical fish. By being patient and diligent, you will
be able to see just how much these tiny creatures can brighten
up any tank. Learn more today!