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Melanotaenia Kamaka
July 28, 2010
8:18 pm
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Plaamoo
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Just shooting a few pics of these guys this morning so thought I'd share. Beautiful fish with a very nice temperament. I got these as frye from breeder on a rainbow forum that I frequent. I just made my first breeding mop as an experiment and collected over 60 eggs from them in 2 days!
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This is an older pic but shows some of the colors they can display.
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July 28, 2010
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Bully
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I have to admit that Melanotaenia sp. do nothing whatsoever for me but, you got some great shots there /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" /> /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" /> Especially shots 1 and 3 /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

July 29, 2010
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As people who read my intro will see I love New Guinea rainbows and kamakas are one of my favourites.
Its often very difficult to appreciate these fish (rainbows in general that is) because they look awful in aquarium stores and even in ideal conditions their color varies throughout the day.To see male rainbows diplaying of a morning is a site to see they can turn colour off and on like lights and can show every colour of the rainbow

July 29, 2010
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Lovely fish, reminds me of Lacustris (Lake Katubu Rainbow) species in a big way! /wub.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":wub:" border="0" alt="wub.gif" />

Constantly juggling mainly African riverine fish between 6 tanks, from 54 to 566l in size!
July 29, 2010
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Thanks for the comments. Agreed killiguy, my first experiences with rainbows weren't good. The first were beautifully colored fish, but obviously hybrids. I didn't know the difference at the time. They were so mean & crazy they totally disrupted the tank. The next batch were weak, fish shop m. praecox that turned out to be laden with cammallanus worms. All but one died.
I've since discovered what rainbowfish should be like and these are a joy! I've resolved to only buy them direct from reputable breeders.

July 29, 2010
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Always the best way if you can't get quality wild specimens imo. These are lovely Jim how big are they now?

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July 29, 2010
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Thanks Matt, The males are 2 1/4"+ tl

July 30, 2010
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What does the + signify dude??

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July 30, 2010
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+=plus, dude /tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" /> They're more than 2 1/4", but not 2 1/2"..... 2 3/8" is probably closer but I thought that would baffle you metric guys. Seems I accomplished that anyway /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />

July 30, 2010
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Many folks of my age (36) here are stuck between metric and imperial, mostly due to the way we were taught at school where there wasn't a fixed system in place it seems /mad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":mad:" border="0" alt="mad.gif" />

I actually have quite a lot of difficulty in visualising sizes as a result of it, I usually find myself trying to convert cm's into inches so that I can visualise it better.

July 30, 2010
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Nice looking fish.

July 30, 2010
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Thanks boyneburn!

It can be confusing Bully! I'm always changing litres -gallons, mm & cm - inches & fractions. It eould be easier if we had one system but then I guess it would be easier if we had one language also.
I did some building in NZ and my Kiwi buddy was well versed in both. It was a b*gg*r for me but once I got going, I reckoned that the metric system was actually more sensible.

August 3, 2010
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Nice rainbows!

I don't have much experience with rainbows ( I've only kept some M. maccullochi in the past), but there are some beautiful species. This is certainly one of them. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

August 11, 2010
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Thanks Henri!^

I collected some eggs from these as my first breeding experiment and things went a bit too well! I have more frye than I know what to do with!! Backpeddling a bit to try to raise them. Where am I going to put another tank???
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August 11, 2010
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Haha good work Jim! Am sure you'll find space somewhere. /tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" />

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November 24, 2010
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Here's what the fry are looking like now.
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The males are real pigs! That's a whole Hikari carnivore pellet in it's mouth.
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November 25, 2010
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Great stuff Jim, some rainbows can rival any danios or barbs when it comes to pigging out on food.

Did you notice any fry growing faster than the others and starting to eat the smaller fry, its something I have seen in many rainbow species and wondered if these are the same?

November 25, 2010
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QUOTE (Mark Duffill @ Nov 25 2010, 09:54 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Did you notice any fry growing faster than the others and starting to eat the smaller fry, its something I have seen in many rainbow species and wondered if these are the same?


i to have have had that. i ended up with several tanks of different sized fry from the same spawning.

November 25, 2010
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These were all hatched within 2 days and none of them were that much different in size. From what i read it's common if you mix different age fry.

November 25, 2010
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Great work Jim! What diet did you raise the fry on?

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