The Atherinidae are characterized by long, streamlined bodies which immediately suggest their speed and agility in the water. They are preponderantly marine species, with very few inhabiting inland waters.


Some experts consider that the Celebes rainbowfish belongs to another family: the Telmatherinidae. T. ladigesi lives in shoals, preferring hard water and uncrowded conditions. The rays on the dorsal fin are more developed in the male. Size: 6-8 cm

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The Madagascar rainbow appears more or less indifferent to water quality and is a restless swimmer. It is reasonably straightforward to breed, as the parent fish will not devour the eggs, which sink to the bottom and hatch in 5 days. Feed the fry on live prey until they are ready for fine dried food. Size: 10 cm.

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