Spotted Blue eye (Gertrude Rainbow)Country of Origin: 🇺🇸USA
The Gertrude Rainbowfish (Pseudomugil gertrudae), is a colorful species of Rainbowfish that is native to Indonesia, New Guinea, and Australia. It adapts quickly to captivity and can be kept in a small freshwater aquarium.
This species of Rainbowfish is fairly small reaching an average length of 1.2 to 1.5 inches. The most appropriate tank size for this fish would be 10 gallons with water of temperature 22°C-28°C and pH of 4.5-7.5. The tanks’ setting should also be heavily planted since they enjoy the cover of floating plants.
The Gertrude Rainbowfish is peaceful and will get along with other species of fish of similar size. Better coloration for this fish will be achieved when it is kept in schools of six or more fish in a spacious aquarium to ensure the subdominant males are not harassed by the dominant males.
When taken very good care of, the Gertrude Rainbowfish will have a lifespan of up to three years.
The Gertrude Rainbowfish is a classic omnivore and will accept both plant and meat-based foods. While this fish will easily accept high-quality flake foods, it should also be fed plenty of frozen or live foods to ensure optimal health and coloration.
The most suitable foods for the Gertrude Rainbowfish include;
- Brine shrimp
- Tropical flakes
The Gertrude Rainbowfish is very peaceful and will usually get along with other fish. However, it is highly unsuitable for the general community tank as it is timid and easily outcompeted.
They are better maintained alongside other fish of similar size and disposition as bigger fish would overly harass the Gertrude Rainbowfish to the extent of stress till eventual death.
The most ideal tankmates for the Gertrude Rainbowfish would be;
- Neocaridina shrimp
- Small Tetra
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you breed the Gertrude Rainbowfish?
To increase the chances of the Gertrude Rainbowfish spawning, the pH level of the water should be reduced to 5.5. This species is a bottom spawner and prefers spawning mobs set at the bottom of the tank.
The females lay one to three eggs per day onto the mob after which the eggs should be separated from the parents into a one-gallon tank with some plants to get some microorganisms growing to be available as food once the eggs hatch.
It takes about twenty days for the eggs to hatch at 78 degrees.
What do you feed the Gertrude Rainbowfish?
The Gertrude Rainbowfish is a classic omnivore. They will therefore appreciate both plant and meaty foods. Their most suitable foods are Brine shrimp, Blackworms, Daphnia, Moina, Pellets, and Tropical flakes.
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 but shipping 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 UPS Next Day Air unless otherwise noted. Processing fish for your order can take up to 2 business days. This is to ensure your fish and healthy, happy, and ready to be put in your tank when it arrives. We ship fish on Mondays- Wednesday (excluding holidays) to ensure fish arrive before weekends. This allows us to completely prepare the fish for shipping and ensure they are healthy prior to arrive at your door. All fish will be shipped with oxygenated water and specific additives in the water to ensure they 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 the health 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 the continental United States.
"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.