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The Boeseman’s Rainbowfish and has become a sensation due to its almost unreal coloration!
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I just purchased a pair of Boesemanis (1.5-2') in size. I know it is harder to sex them at a younger age, but I am rather confused whether I have one or both males. One typically stays pretty brilliantly colored, head darkens considerably and stripes along his side are frequently dark. However the smaller one, who initially looked pretty pale like a female in the sale tank, occasionally darkens and looks just as brilliantly colored as the larger one. Is it likely that I have both males? They both exhibit the orange rear half of the body. The slightly larger one has only a minutely deeper look to his chest and no arched back yet. Any help? I can't find good pics of female bosemani's to compare.
I have a tank of 30 inch planted which houses 16 bosemans rainbow, it's a delight to watch them, especially when they change colors from noon time.
Happy fish keeping.
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Joe Yo -
that is wayyy too small consider upgrading
Jeremy Roche -
For 16 full grown you need a much bigger tank. 75 gallon tank would work well.
I must have found a great fish seller, since not only was the boeseman rainbow I bought gorgeously coloured, so were the other rainbow fish I bought! But in any case, this one is a wonderful addition to my rainbow tank. :)
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Charlie Roche -
I am glad you found a good supplier cuz it is hard to find some reliable fish people that actually are willing to spend the time to care for their fish, help a person and actually know what they are doing. Good for you.
I just wanted to let you know that in the paragraph describing the coloration of the boseman's rainbow fish the colours are described backwards. It says the front half is orange/yellow and the back half is blue when it should be the other way around, front is blue and back is orange. The pictures clearly depict the correct colour pattern but the text is just backwards. Just wanted to let you know, thank you for reading, Danielle
Dr. Jungle says, "Thanks Danielle, you rock! I think I was seeing cross-eyed that day... :)"
This is our favorite fish in our tank! We got him when he was small and not impressively colored and it has been so wonderful to watch him grow into such a colorful, vibrant fish. He is now large and in charge and very social with people when we walk by the tank. :-)