Today we’re going to be looking at the top 5 best beginner rainbow fish or basically just an excuse for me to film some rainbow fish. So stay tuned. We’ll start out real quick with just some real easy basic tips on how to get the best color from your rainbow fish and it’s really easy. One plants. They love, love, love plants, the live plants or fake if you can’t do the live thing it’s better than nothing. Dark substrate which I do not have the hook don’t mind up my substrate you definitely want a dark substrate it really brings out their colors. LED lighting will also help and also of course high-quality food so just pretty basic fish keeping, right.
There you stick to that you’re gonna get the best colors out of almost any fish just got some glare down there I thought I fixed all the glare but I guess not so the first fish on the list and this is a no particular order is everyone’s favorite suppose Monty rainbow fish this one right here you can always tell a nice male boesemani by the yellow on the back and the greenish blue on the front so I’m picking this one first simply so you can see the difference between like a Florida farm bred boesemani which is this one right here and then we’ll come over and look at a nice quality Gary Lang rainbow fish and definitely a lot darker almost orange back things there hey buddy calm down the real difference though is in the front definitely a lot darker color in the front and you can see even the females here just look absolutely outstanding so one of the things I have a problem with when you look up scare requirement for the boesemani and almost all these rainbows to be honest is they always just recommend a 30 gallon tank but you saw them the 125 how big they get and they definitely do not want a 3-foot tank this one’s a 3 foot tank but these guys are still right around that 3 inch mark so this is going to last in quite a while but a really really easy fish to keep neutral pH wide variety of temperatures down to the low 70s to upper 70s most rainbow fish are not going to enjoy hot water so definitely keep them out of the 80s at most 78 degrees all right and here we are fish number two in my opinion nope it’s not little-seen the mabu puffer we’re talking rainbow fish today so I’m not going to feed them we’re not going to get distracted by little Keane the best beginner rainbow fish in my opinion by far is the melon oh taenia praecox but dwarf neon rainbow they’re cheap at about 5 bucks each you can really load up on them the more you get the better behavior you’re going to get out of them there are about a dozen in here and you can see the males are just going crazy they’re flashing their schooling well not a whole lot of schooling going on right now they’re trying to make babies but there’s only one female in here so I feel sorry for but just a great great beginner rainbow fish so again like most rainbow fish they’ll accept a wide range of water parameters again not worn keep them under 80 they’re omnivore but they do prefer more meat diet live frozen freeze-dried is great but definitely mix up a little green in form so because they’re cheap because they stay small they can go into a smaller aquarium they accept a wide range of water parameters this is definitely my pick for the best beginner rainbow fish all right so we’re going to head back to the 125 for number 3 4 & 5 on the list number 3 is probably going to be the hardest one for you to find and that is the parking sonar rainbow fish which is this guy right here you see a few of them swimming there they have the yellow speckled look and when these get full-grown this is not full-grown this is a large rainbow fish and it’s not full-grown they’ll start to get that hump their head and it’ll just look crazy with that yellow speckled look and they’re just super awesome now out of the five I’m going to show you these are definitely the hardest to get a hold of not something you’re really going to find in a Petco or Pet Smart you’ll definitely have to go to an LMS but totally worth it they get you know upwards of six inches Oh looks like we got a little problem there darn it to take care of that later but anyway you’re definitely probably have to go to local fish store to find this fish maybe even special order but they are out there they are available almost year-round like I said they get around 6 inches 70 to 79 degrees again keep them out of the 80 and a problem I have with this fish is a lot of sources online said oh yeah they’ll do fine in a 30 gallon tank but come on this this fish and a 30 gallon tank you’re going to be in a world of hurt you’re going to be so dissatisfied with this fish it needs a 4-foot tank it gets six inches they get huge so do not believe what you read online about 30 gallons for this fish definitely a 55 any 4 foot tank 40 breeder even a 33 gallon long is better well keep them out of those three foot tanks don’t believe anything you read online nah I’m just kidding some of it’s true but 4 foot or larger definitely for the parking so and I rainbow fish all right so before we get to the final cue we’re going to talk about some honorable mentions that could just as easily be on this list as any of these other rainbow fish and that is the Madagascar rainbow fish or the sometimes called torpedo rainbow fish that the long cylinders body I don’t keep it right now but as the picture is popping up here I have kept it in the past another one would be the Australian rainbow fish which is more of a pretty bland looking fish although you can get somewhat some really nice bins you can see the one in the picture here that I’ve kept before has nice yellow and the fins there what else the Millennium red or the red Irian also really nice fish those are not probably ever going to be on the list simply for how expensive they are depending on the size they can really get up there pretty quickly in price so those will probably never make the list but still a pretty good beginner rainbowfish so next up on the list we’re going a different way with the color we’re going with the turquoise rainbow fish this is definitely a more common rainbow fish and this for a farm bred fish is not bad on the color you can see I don’t know if the camera is going to pick it up but there is a little bit of purple on the tip of the fins which is awesome nice bright blue and silver just a great all-around looking fish now this is a little bit different than your other rainbow fish and that is it has a larger mouth and most rainbow fish fork size remind you that this guys are quite a bit bigger and yet a bigger mouth but for the size comparable size they do have a bigger mouth but they still have a very narrow throat so no large pellets on these guys or you could run into problems definitely flake live food freeze-dried you know high-quality stuff here people there should be some more of them in here there’s two of them right there you might notice I have these guys in here too which kind of look like maybe smaller versions of the turquoise or maybe baby turquoise nope you can tell by the hump on there that this is a full-grown fish this is another what I considered or species that’s a Kamaka rainbow fish definitely not something you’re probably ever going to see in a fish store unless you special order it but I just wanted to point that guy out so you don’t think it’s just a smaller turquoise or a dwarf turquoise nope it’s a completely different fish as you can see where’s the rainbow for the turquoise rainbow there he is completely different fish so the last but not least is going to be this nice big yellow rainbow fish or the Herbert Axelrod is a scientific name now this fish can actually go into the low and upper 70s so if you want a colder water tank this one will do you just good it again you want it to be four feet no three foot tanks with this fish you can see how big it is if we can zoom in a little closer there so like I said they can go down to 68 degrees although I think the low 70s is probably best for this fish I keep this tank at 75 degrees and you know as you can see they all do just fine except for that one random boesemani that looked like it was hemorrhaging so that’s not a good sign this is a fairly common fish but probably not one you’re going to find an effect or Petsmart very often this is more of a local fish store find here more of the small mom-and-pop shop type of fish and see I put the sponge filter under the powerhead for funsies and I don’t know the bubbles kind of distract from the fish so I’ll probably move it again but I don’t know it was kind of cool for a minute anyways the yellow rainbow fish coming in at number five for best beginner species in my opinion alright so you may notice I did not spend a lot of time going over the specific care requirement for the different types of rainbow fish in this video simply because they can adapt to such a wide variety of water parameters that any community tank you have they can live in as long as it’s under 80 like I said 72 is 78 degrees except for the yellow one back here they can drop down to like the upper 60s of 68 to 77 78 that range there otherwise you’re going to be just fine a lot of people get turned off by the high price of the rainbow fish just start out with three and slowly build up your numbers that’s how I build up this tank here the higher price does not mean that harder to take care of if you can keep a tetra alive you can keep a rainbow fish alive so let’s get started go out get yourself some rainbow fish you won’t regret it alright and just some bonus footage everyone loved looking at this tank but I have had some people ask for updates on the snapper Creek rainbow fish which were bred by Gary Lane emailed these to me and I do have an unboxing video of that somewhere on my channel maybe it’ll pop up here maybe it won’t I don’t know but as you can see they’re starting to get some colors starting to get some good size on them and like always slow and steady wins the race with rainbow fish it does take them quite a while to grow and color up but you can see them schooling and getting some nice color on them so really looking forward to seeing how these are going to turn out as adults but probably still be a while before they’re big enough to get some real nice color on them but there you go quick bonus footage people have been asking for updates and since I was film in a video on rainbowfish I figured I just throw in a little bonus at the end for everyone so there you go all right there you have it thanks for watching I hope you enjoyed this video while it’s excused for me to film rainbow fish and put more rainbow fish content out on YouTube because I love them I’d love to spread the word about rainbow fish
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