Re: [RML] Melanotaenia crossbreeding

Bruce Hansen (bhansen at
Fri, 26 Jun 1998 08:23:47 +1000


Not only will any sexually mature Melanotaenia cross with any other in
aquaria but the various genera will cross too to a large extent. There have
been examples between Melanotaenia, Glossolepis, Chilatherina and even with
Rhadinocentrus and the distantly related Bedotia. I am not aware of crosses
with Cairnsicthys but I feel that is more because they are not as commonly

In the wild even where 3 or 4 species co-exist there is no significant


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> From: tayers at
> To: rainbowfish at
> Subject: [RML] Melanotaenia crossbreeding
> Date: Friday, 26 June 1998 0:39
> Will most any Melanotaenia species cross with any other or is it more
> of a problem amongst similarly sized fish? I'm interested in general,
> but I'm also specifically interested in M. pygmaea and M. affinis.
> Thanks.
> Hope you have a very nice day, :-)
> Tim Ayers tayers at
> St. Paul, Minnesota
> Bridge, Inc.