The red rainbowfish is one of the larger rainbows growing to about four inches and the males become deep deep red while the females are a solid copper color. These are schooling fish and we recommend at least a pair - one male and one female - to keep the pet fish happy. WE CANNOT SELL MALE ONLY. This leaves a tank of females, which feature a nice solid copper color - but no one ever asks for females and our warehouse would soon be overwhelmed with one sex.
Unhappily these fish are threatened in Indonesia since overpopulation of another species - humans - has overwhelmed their native habitat.
The good news is that red rainbows are successfully bred in Asia and Florida and common in the aquarium trade. Red rainbowfish are often called Red Irian Rainbow and Red Millineum Rainbowfish. The millineum rainbow is a premium species bred in Florida to provide a hardier and more colorful fish for the aquarium trade and that is the species we sell.
- Scientific Name: Glossolepis incisus
- Origin: Papua New Guinea
- Lifespan: 8 years
- Max Size: 4 inches
- Food: Flake, live, frozen
- Shipping Size: Approx. 1 1/2 inches to 3 inches