Melanotaenia trifasciata (Rendahl, 1922)
Banded rainbowfish
photo by Macaraig, J.M.

Family:  Melanotaeniidae (Rainbowfishes, blue eyes)
Max. size:  13 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater; pH range: 7 - 8; dH range: 9 - 19
Distribution:  Oceania: Northern Territory and Queensland in Australia.
Biology:  Lives mainly in small streams and waterholes in clear to moderately turbid water. Occurs over rocky or gravel bottoms or in well-vegetated areas, frequently around submerged logs and branches. Occurs at temperature and pH ranging from 22°-30° C and 5.2-7.0 respectively. Inhabits small creeks and waterholes in semi-rainforest or open grassland areas. Occasionally abundant in partly stagnant waterholes with leaf litter bottoms during the dry season. Species is easy to maintain and thrives in captivity (Ref. 44894).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 15 February 2019 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 02.05.96
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 06.06.17

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