Common Name- The Rainbow
Water Conditions- Not critical, effective
filtration and regular
Temp 70-75 degrees.
Provide plants for
Behavior- A generally peaceful
goodeid, very behaved with one another.
Breeding- 5-10 young
every 2 months
Size- A smaller goodeid,
about 2- 2.5 inches.
Only kept here since the fall of 2014, a
small group of young unsexed fish have produced a number of fry
that are growing out. At first kept in the same conditions as
the Los berros lateralis,
they did well, but
differences in their care became evident over time. Water
movement is important with this fish. Though the
Los berros lateralis do well in more sedate tanks, this
population hasn't done as well here when kept in the
same conditions. It may be tied to a preference for higher
oxygenation, I do not know. As a result, I recommend
some moderate aeration in combination with regular water
changes. Like any fish, they really respond to live
and frozen foods, and were fed live daphnia, BBS and frozen
brine shrimp depending on availability in
combination with the dry foods fed here.
Like the Los berros, they must be kept below 74 degrees. They
will likely survive at 1-3 degrees warmer, but
you will likely see a reduction in breeding and shortened
Being that these are so rare, I cannot say at this point
which species they can be kept with, as they are kept in
species only tanks here. Though large, their fry would still
be eaten by most other fish.
These are a striking fish, and when I first received them, I
had heard they were a solid orange. they are not.
However, occasional males will have a fair amount of orange
across their body, and will appear nearly entirely
orange when the light is right. This line has not been
selectively bred or manipulated in any way.
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