The Dwarf Neon Rainbow Fish, also known by its scientific name (Melanotaenia Praecox), is one of the most popular and colorful rainbowfish species. Their natural habitat is small, lush jungle streams in Western New Guinea, Indonesia. Their most appropriate habitation is areas with dense vegetation, and hence, a planted aquarium with floating plants would be the ideal setting for this species.
The aquarium itself should be 20 gallons with water of temperatures 72.0°F-79.0°F and a pH of around 6.5, 3ft in length or longer with the sides and back aquascaped with plants and bogwood to create a network of hiding places. When choosing plants to add to the aquarium, make sure to pick plants that can tolerate the hard alkaline conditions preferred by the fish.
They are best maintained in groups of at least six specimens adding activity and color to the top and middle levels of the tank. In a well-maintained aquarium, they can live up to 3 to 5 years, growing to an average length of 3.2 inches as an adult.
Dwarf Neon Rainbowfish are classic omnivores and very easy to feed. They are enthusiastic eaters and will accept any high-quality dry foods. They also require various frozen and live foods in their diet to maintain good health.
Live foods such as brine shrimp, bloodworms, and tubifex worms,
Vegetable foods such as chopped pre-soaked lettuce and peas,
and some meaty food.
To avoid overfeeding the Dwarf Neon Rainbowfish, they should be fed several times a day and only consume in under five minutes.
The Dwarf Neon Rainbow Fish are generally peaceful with other fish species of similar size, but smaller species might fall prey. They are better kept in groups, ensuring multiple females for each male so the females cannot be stressed.
Dwarf Neon Rainbow Fish are generally very peaceful, shy, and unassuming. They are social creatures and are not known to be aggressive.
What fish can live with the Rainbow Fish?
Since the Dwarf Neon Rainbowfish gets along with many similarly sized, non-aggressive fish, their most suitable tank mates are; large Tetras, peaceful Barbs, Rasboras, Danios, Catfish, and non-aggressive Cichlids such as Kribensis.
How big do Dwarf Neon Rainbowfish get?
In a home aquarium, the Dwarf Neon Rainbowfish grows to a length of two to three inches for over five years.
While this is a rare occurrence, it can and will happen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that every one will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fish arrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag within 2 hours of the delivery time of your fish. We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem.
We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We can replace fish butshipping costs is the responsibilityof the buyer.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures,within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolve the issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
Most Shipments will be 2-day unless otherwise noted. We shipfish on Mondays and Tuesdays only (excluding holidays) to ensure fish arrive before weekends. This allows us to completely prepare the fish for shipping andensure they are healthy prior to arriving at your door. All fish will be shipped with oxygenated water and specific additives in the water to ensurethey maintain their health and stability during shipment. Depending on the species of fish and current weather conditions, the fish may arrive with a heat pack or ice pack to maintain the optimal temperature which further ensures thehealth and safety of your fish. All costs of shipping (postage, packaging,heat/ice packs, etc.) are included in the Shipping fee. We ship to only thecontinental United States and are unable to ship to P.O. boxes, must bephysical address.
"The fish I received do not look like the fish in thepicture. Why is this?"
- We typically take photographs of one or two fish when we initially get them in. Since we have a large quantity of most of the various species of fish, it would be understandably impossible to provide a picture ofevery individual fish with a specific species. For some of our more rare orlarger fish, the picture listed may be the actual fish that you are receiving.If this is the case, it will be designated by ?WYSIWYG?, meaning ?what you see,is what you get?.
"What happens if my fish arrive dead?"
- While this is a rare occurrence, it can and willhappen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that everyone will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fisharrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag.We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem. We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We will reship any replacement fish at the buyer's expense.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures, within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolvethe issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
"What if I'm not home when the fish arrive?"
- We will always provide you with a tracking number. While the fish are packaged to survive about 72+ hours within the shipping containers, we do ask that you make arrangements to arrive home to inspect your fish as soon as possible after they are delivered to your home. Itis always suggested to provide an area for the delivery person to place the boxthat is out of direct sunlight or extreme temperatures.
"What do I do with my fish once I've unpacked them?"
- Like you would with any new fish, let the entire bag float in your tank for 15-30 minutes. This allows the temperature withinthe bag to adjust to the same as your tank and will reduce temperature shock onthe fish. After this time, you can add all of the fish and water that is in thebag into your tank. The products used within the water for shipping will notharm any existing fish within your tank and actually makes the transition foryour new fish a bit easier. After this, expect your new fish to take a few daysto become fully adjusted, this includes hiding, floating at the top, sinking tothe bottom, and not eating. After a few days, your new fish should be acting aswimming like they normally would. At this point, enjoy your aquarium!
"I want to return my new fish because x,y,z?"
- Unfortunately, we are unable to accept returns.We do recommend contacting us via email with yourorder number and as much information as possible. We will try to assist you inresolving whatever the issue may be.
Dwarf Neon Rainbowfish:What We Like About This Fish:⠀ Active, schooling community fish that thrives in planted aquariums⠀ Compatible with many invertebrates⠀ Adults display brilliant red and blue coloration⠀ Active and easy to feed