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News & Reviews Article
Title Dwarf Kamaka Rainbow (Melanotaenia kamaka)

Sara Waller

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A brief description of the dwarf kamaka rainbow.

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The dwarf kamaka rainbow is a small schooling fish that is found in Lake Kamaka near Triton Bay, Irian Jaya.  This species is of  the typical elongated rainbow appearance.  It has a blue and silvery coloration similar to the larger turquoise rainbow.  It grows to an adult size of 2.5 to 3.5 inches in length.  Female fin coloration is generally more diffuse and more translucent when compared to males. Males increase in body depth as they mature. 

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The dwarf kamaka rainbow should be maintained in an aquarium of 30 gallons or larger, as it is a schooling fish and should be kept in groups of 6 or more.  They will look their best on a dark, sandy substrate (CS6631) with driftwood (ZM2000) in a well planted tank.  Dried leaf litter, such as Indian almond leaves (CS706), can provide extra cover and a secondary food source.  Moderate water flow and subdued lighting is preferred.  

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The dwarf kamaka rainbow prefers a temperature of 72°F to 78°F, a pH of 7.0 to 7.8, and a hardness of 6 to 14°H.  

The dwarf kamaka rainbow is typically a very peaceful fish.  When kept in groups of 6 or more, it makes a suitable resident for a planted community aquarium.  Do not keep the dwarf kamaka rainbow with any fish large enough to eat it or with aggressive fish.  Good tank mates include cory catfishes, many tetras, pencil fishes, hatchet fishes, peaceful dwarf cichlids, and small algae eating catfishes (otocinclus, bristle nose, clown, and rubber plecos).  

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Dwarf kamaka rainbows are not fussy eaters in the aquarium and will readily accept a wide variety of foods.  For maximum color, growth, and health these fish will look their best when given probiotics in addition to a balanced diet including quality flake, freeze dried, and frozen foods.  We have seen amazing results using AquaLife Bio-Pro Plus and CS Pro Flakes with Calanus and Spirulina (AL165) in addition to frozen blood worms (SF4792) and brine shrimp (SF6777).


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