In this webpage I hope to give you an idea of how easy it is to keep and breed Australian Native Rainbowfish and how beautiful our natives really are The following is how I do it and what works for me
The best fish for your pond is always native species from your local waterways
A few key points are - Direct sunlight for at least a few hours or more each day - Cane toads cant climb, my ponds are higher than about 40cm to stop them jumping in and frogs can still get in - Fish follow the flow, holes at the desired water level covered with mesh prevent fish escaping when raining or overflowing - I use aeration, the fry seem to love the flow, keeps oxygen levels up when hot and helps plants filter the water - I prefer one species per pond for breeding purposes, but native community ponds are great too -
Dragonfly larvae are in my ponds, I like to think they get the slow and
sick fish if they eat them at all, I dont notice any losses - Plants
in and around for shade, shelter, spawning, temperature stabilty and utilising nutrients - one quarter water changes every few weeks and only a handful of fish, the larger the pond the better
You can catch your own fish as seen in the video below
the warmer months I can usually supply
some young fish or fry for free although I do
accept small donations to keep my fish fed
Great for natural mosquito control, will live outside all
year in South
and also make a great aquarium display
PLEASE ABIDE BY NATIONAL
PARKS AND DEPT OF FISHERIES RULES WHEN YOU FISH AND COLLECT
If you want information on
any of these things please feel free to email
Pacific Blue Eye - Pseudomugil signifer - North Pine River -
choice for Mosquito control
Honey Blue eye - Pseudomugil mellis Occur only
in small areas in Queensland and Fraser Island Conservation
status listing as Vulnerable in QLD and Endangered with IUCN Red list
My intital stock was given to me by ANGFA
Under current QLD threatened species legislation it is
illegal to collect Honey Blue Eyes from the wild.
It is also illegal to buy or sell a threatened or endangered
species in Queensland.
Honey Blue eyes will only be given to people with some
and with an interest in breeding them
NATIVE FISH SPECIESTHAT I KEEP
Crimson-spotted Rainbowfish - Melanotaenia duboulayi - North
River, Noosa River, Obi Obi Creek, Snapper Creek
Ornate Rainbowfish - Rhadinocentrus ornatus - Snapper Creek, Teewah
Creek, Noosa River/Lake Cootharaba
Pacific Blue eye - Pseudomugil signifer - Obi Obi Creek,
North Pine River, Calliope River
Honey Blue Eye - Pseudomugil mellis - unknown location
Empire Gudgeon - Hypseleotris compressa - Snapper Creek,
Flyspecked Hardyhead - Craterocephalus stercusmuscarum -
Boyne River Calliope River Eastern Rainbowfish - Melanotaenia splendida splendida - Calliope river non natives
Rainbowfish - Melanotaenia lacustris - Lake
Cherry Shrimp - Neocaridina heteropoda var. red
Currently breeding only Honey Blue Eyes (Pseudomugil mellis) and Ornate Rainbowfish (Rhadinocentrus ornatus) More great native fish are available at ANGFA QLD auctions held after meetings
Some more pics, information and videos below
There can be alot of variation within the same species
between different locations and even within the same creek as shown here
Ornate Rainbowfish - Rhadinocentrus ornatus - Snapper Creek
- red and blue morphs
Ornate Rainbowfish - Rhadinocentrus ornatus -
Ornate Rainbowfish - Rhadinocentrus ornatus - Teewah Creek
Crimson-spotted Rainbowfish - Melanotaenia
duboulayi, young female in the middle
Handfeeding wild Crimson-spotted Rainbowfish and Pacific Blue Eyes in Booloumba
Empire Gudgeon - Hypseleotris compressa - My
argument for those who say Australian native fish are dull
native fish always look much better in a planted tank and take a little
while to settle in and show their "true colours"
Turquoise Rainbowfish - Melanotaenia lacustris - A PNG
native, endemic to Lake Kutubu Listed as vulnerable on the IUCN red list due to industry pollution, overfishing for the aquarium trade and introduced species to its habitat
Flyspecked Hardyhead - Craterocephalus stercusmuscarum - Boyne River
Glassfish - Ambassis
agassizii - Nth Pine
Eastern Rainbowfish - Melanotaenia splendida splendida - Boyne River
variations in colour and pattern are incredible, in a planted tank or
pond they really show why they are called "Rainbowfish"
Eastern Rainbowfish - Melanotaenia splendida splendida - Calliope River
I find that my fish, frogs, tadpoles, water
striders and dragonfly larvae all seem to get along fine
Bathtubs and old spa baths are great for breeding and growout
Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog - Litoria fallax
one of about 5 species that have found their way
here in the last few years - gets a bit noisy
lillies are the most useful plant in ponds, plenty of shade and cover for fish and frogs and quite beautiful too.
All the plants are potted with normal garden soil, or potting
mix, fertiliser tablets
and river sand or gravel on top
Here are some older pics
of before I was really into the natives
Golden Killifish very easy to breed too.
These next pics are all
We used to catch most of our marine fish too
A 2ft6 marine/saltwater tank with Blennies, a Yellow Damsel, a Humbug,
a Pistol Shrimp, Coral goby, Hermit Crabs and Shrimp.
Funny how the little Blennies always get the most attention from people
no matter what other things Ive had in the tanks.
A tank bred Tomato Clown and a Red Coral Goby
Nemo (A tank bred percula clown) who didn't get all his stripes and a
grey damsel about 6mm long
Humbug or magpie fish and a Blenny
Red Coral Goby and a Blue Damsel
Lunar Wrasse and Sebae Clownfish
A small barracod and tomato clown
A coral beauty. Two Percula
Mixed Reef fish in 6ft tanks. Fijian damsel, Boxfish, Humbug.
Clownfish, Barracod, Snowflake eel, Lionfish.
Barracod on the move, Percula Clownfish.
Clarkii Clown and some coral, Snowflake eel,
and about to be cleaned by the shrimp.
Lion fish and maroon clown, blue surgeonfish, coral beauty and a mono
Harlequin Tuskfish and a Yellow Goby.
Clownfish anemone and shrimp in the small tank, and a salt n
Red banded cleaner shrimp. Little rock pool anemones, and a rock pool
Devilfish, live coral and a damsel in a 2ft tank, two
clownfish and some corallimorphs..