RE: [RML] Re: Rainbow Size Frustration -- Melanotaenia

Earl Blewett (micro at
Tue, 6 Dec 2005 09:09:40 -0600

Dear FishFolk,

I have some locally bred M. praecox and they are about 2.5 - 3 " if you
count the tail. They aren't that old and recently removed the spawning mop
for the first to pick eggs. There were so many eggs I just put it into the
incubation/fry aquarium. They seem to be doing well but I did expect them
to be a bit larger and not to be so productive. They aren't 6 months old.


Earl Blewett Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Microbiology
Dept. of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Oklahoma State University
Center for Health Sciences
College of Osteopathic Medicine
1111 W 17 St. Tulsa, OK 74107

Email: micro at
Office: (918) 561-8405
FAX: (918) 561-8414


From: r_m_l at [r_m_l at] On Behalf Of hank
Sent: Tuesday, December 06, 2005 8:52 AM
To: r_m_l at
Subject: [RML] Re: Rainbow Size Frustration -- Melanotaenia praecox

--- In r_m_l at, "parin_iceyfist" <parin_iceyfist at y...>
> Sorry, but what? M. praecox of 4 inches in size? That's more than
> 10cm's! That is flipping huge! :O

> Right now i am looking at my 70 gal. at 30 of my breeders
(praecox)and most of the males are 3-3.5 in long.Thats counting the
tail which is part of the fish. I cant give an exact measurment
because they wont stand still in front of the ruler.
Now don"t forget these are my breeders ,well fed and many
water changes. the average fish may not get to that size in the
average tank
As far as boes. 5-6 in. no problem you can get that size
with very little effort.It may take 3-4 yrs. but it can be done.I
did not mean to say that that they are all stunted but they have not
been fed right.Most breders try to get rid of stock as soon as
poss.because feeding is a major expense.Maybe my strain of boes.
took longer to color up i don"t know but thats y i stopped raising

Regards Hank

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