Dwarf Neon Rainbowfish - Planted Tank Mates

Dwarf Neon Rainbowfish

3″ | 6 or more | 30 gal

PH 7 – 8 | Peaceful

Melanotaenia praecox

Characteristics:

Max Size: 3″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 74° – 82°

PH: 7 – 8

dGH: 8 – 20

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 30 gal

Grouping: 6

Tank Mates

 Cherry Barbs, Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Dwarf Gouramis, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Guppies, Plecos, Dwarf Corydoras, Loaches, and Otocinclus.  Dwarf shrimp may become snacks.  Larger Amano shrimp are generally safe.

Notes

Dwarf Neon Rainbows are one of the smaller rainbowfish that do well with a peaceful community.  Males can have silver-blue bodies with red-orange fins.  Females have more silver bodies with yellow fins.  Keep a 1:2 male to female ratio to minimize mating aggression.

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ImageDwarf neon rainbowfish (Melanotaenia praecox).El tigre endler fishPurple pencilfish (Nannostomus rubrocaudatus).Sparkling gourami fish (Trichopsis pumila).Koi betta fish (Betta splendens).Dwarf gourami fish (Trichogaster lalius).
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Description

3" | 6 or more | 30 gal

PH 7 - 8 | Peaceful

1.75" | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6.8-8 | Peaceful

2" | 8 or more | 10 gal

PH 6.5 - 7.2 | Peaceful

1.5" | Single | 10 gal

PH 6-7 | Peaceful

3" | Single | 5 gal

PH 6.5-7.5 | Aggressive

3" | Single | 10 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

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Melanotaenia praecox

Characteristics:

Max Size: 3″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 74° – 82°

PH: 7 – 8

dGH: 8 – 20

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 30 gal

Grouping: 6

Tank Mates

 Cherry Barbs, Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Dwarf Gouramis, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Guppies, Plecos, Dwarf Corydoras, Loaches, and Otocinclus.  Dwarf shrimp may become snacks.  Larger Amano shrimp are generally safe.

Notes

Dwarf Neon Rainbows are one of the smaller rainbowfish that do well with a peaceful community.  Males can have silver-blue bodies with red-orange fins.  Females have more silver bodies with yellow fins.  Keep a 1:2 male to female ratio to minimize mating aggression.

Poecilia wingei

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1.75″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 68 – 82

PH: 6.8 – 8

dGH: 8 – 20

dKH: 4 – 8

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Guppies, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Plecors, Loaches and Otocinclus

Notes

Endlers are unique with distinctive color splotches and markings.  Similar to guppies, Endlers are also relatively hardy and popular fish. Many beginners keep them with great success.

Breeding

They generally breed in warmer waters.  They can also reproduce with guppies, so be careful with mixing because they will become hybrids and may lose their distinctive colors and patterns.  Keep a ratio of 1:2, male : female.

Nannostomus rubrocaudatus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72° – 82°

PH: 6.5 – 7.2

dGH: 4 – 7

dKH: 2 – 5

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 8 or more

Tank Mates

Caridina and Neocaridina shrimp, Tetras, Rasboras, Celestial Pearl Danios, Hatchetfish, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Loaches, Otocinclus, snails

Notes

Purple Pencilfish are generally a reddish color with violet / purple tones.  They're peaceful top dwelling fish that will school when kept in large groups.  Provide tall plants and even floating plants to give them a variety of shade and hiding spaces.

Trichopsis Pumila

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1.5″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle to Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 82

PH: 6 - 7

dGH: 4 - 8

dKH: 2 - 6

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 4 or more

Tank Mates

Caridina Shrimp, Amano Shrimp, Cardinal and Neon Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Pygmy and Leopard Corydoras, Otocinclus

Notes

Unlike dwarf gouramis, Sparkling Gouramis are non-territorial towards one another and do OK in groups.

Betta spenden

Characteristics:

Max Size: 3″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Aggressive

Dwelling: Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 76 – 82

PH: 6.5 - 7.5

dGH: 2 - 5

dKH: 1 – 4

Tank Size: 5 gal

Grouping: Single

Tank Mates

Peaceful mid-dwelling nano fish like ember tetras, harlequin rasboras, and celestial pearl danios, but keep them in strong groups

Bottom dwellers like Kuhli loaches, Corydoras, Malaysian Trumpet snails.  Depending on each individual betta, dwarf shrimp may or may not get eaten. Avoid other aggressive, fin-nipping or even colorful fish like tiger barbs and fancy guppies. Prevent stressing the betta by keeping top dwelling fish to a minimum. Avoid larger fish which can prey or intimidate like cichlids.

Notes

Koi Bettas are a type of Marble Betta but with coloration and patterns resembling a Japanese Koi Fish. There is no cross-breeding with an actual Koi carp.

Betta fish are also known as Siamese or Japanese Fighting Fish.  They're very territorial and should never be kept together unless for short-term breeding.  Despite their aggressive nature, they can have a curious and playful personality.  They'll often recognize their caretaker and will even come up to the glass to greet them.  The betta spenden species come in a variety of tail shapes, colors and patterns.  They're easily the show piece to any tank and their extravagant tails flow like living art.  Provide their space with a lot of plants, slow water agitation and warm waters to keep them healthy and active.

Regardless of what you see in retail stores or what people say, NEVER keep a betta in anything less than a 5 gallon tank. https://plantedtankmates.com/types-of-betta-fish/

Trichogaster Ialius

Characteristics:

Max Size: 3″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle to Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 82

PH: 6 - 7.5

dGH: 4 - 15

dKH: 3 – 8

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 1, or 6+

Tank Mates

Most nano community fish like Tetras, Rasboras, Danios that dwell at the middle of the tank

Bottom feeders like loaches, corydoras, otocinclus, snails.  Adult shrimp OK, but smaller shrimp or fry can become snacks. Avoid fin nipping fish

Notes

Commonly known as Dwarf Gourami or by its scientific name Trichogaster Ialius, comes with iridescent, rainbow colors.  Keep as a single feature fish, or as a male & female pair.  They're generally peaceful community fish but can become semi-aggressive towards each other, especially males.  When in groups, keep 1 male to every 2-3 female ratio.

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