Boeseman's rainbowfish

It is also available in the aquarium hobby, where it is prized for its excellent colors and peaceful demeanor.

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Author: Eileen Kortright (Roan Art)
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The Boeseman's rainbowfish lives in the benthopelagic, freshwater, pH range: 7.0 - 8.0, dH range: 9 - 19 environment.

The Boeseman's rainbowfish is classified as Endangered (EN), considered to be facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild.

The Boeseman's Rainbowfish was described by Allen and Cross in 1980. The are found in Asia, more specifically in Irian Jaya, Indonesia where they inhabit many densely vegetated lakes. Status: The Boeseman's Rainbowfish is an endangered species. More

The Boeseman's Rainbowfish was scientifically described by Allen & Cross in 1980. Its scientific name is Melanotaenia boesemani. Description Boeseman's Rainbowfish can exceed 11 cm (4.3 inches) in length. More

Boeseman's rainbowfish (Melanotaenia boesemani) is a species of fish in the Melanotaeniidae family. It is endemic to Indonesia. Its natural habitat is freshwater lakes. More

Boeseman's Rainbowfish is one of the most common and popular rainbows in the trade. These fish have a green front half and an orange-red rear half. More

Remarks: Boeseman's Rainbowfish was first introduced into the hobby in 1982. Difficulty of care: 5. This active species requires frequent partial water changes to develop its splendid color. More

Boeseman's Rainbowfish- the pearl of Irian Jaya. TFH 2/84. Armstrong, Neil. 1983. Spawning Melanotaenia herbertaxelrodi, the Lake Tebera Rainbowfish. TFH 3/83. Franco, Phillip S. 1969. Breeding the Rainbowfish (M. mccullochi). The Aquarium 7/69. More

Common names

Boeseman kalászhala in Hungarian (Magyar)
Boeseman's rainbowfish in English
Boeseman's Regenbogenfisch in German (Deutsch)
Boesemans Regenbogenfisch in German (Deutsch)
Boesemans regnbuefisk in Danish (dansk)
Boseman's Rainbow Fish in English
Bosemani in English
Kultapyrstösateenkaarikala in Finnish (suomen kieli)
Melanotaenia boesemani in Breton (brezhoneg)
Melanotaenia boesemani in Portuguese (Português)
Melanotaenia boesemani in Spanish (español)
Tofarvet Regnbuefisk in Danish (dansk)
貝氏虹銀漢魚 in Mandarin Chinese
貝氏虹銀漢魚 in Unknown
贝氏虹银汉鱼 in Mandarin Chinese
贝氏虹银汉鱼 in Unknown

Order : Atheriniformes
Family : Melanotaeniidae
Genus : Melanotaenia
Species : Melanotaenia boesemani
Authority : Allen and Cross, 1980