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A small slender somewhat elongate rainbowfish with dark scales margins creating a striking network pattern. Body semi-transparent with two rows of scales with black margins along mid-sides; red or pale metallic blue iridescent scales immediately below the dorsal-fin base; a black stripe along the anal-fin base; dorsal, anal and caudal fins usually blue (sometimes red) with black margins.
Ornate Rainbowfish vary in colour throughout their distribution. Most have body scales with black margins forming a network pattern, and individuals from very dark tannin-stained waters may be almost black.
Rhadinocentrus ornatus have been a popular aquarium fish with Australian native fish enthusiasts for many decades. They are a fish that requires a little more attention than most other rainbowfishes. They can be maintained and bred in water conditions that are suitable for most aquarium species. However, they will survive best if maintained at a temperature range of 20-28°C; pH 6.0-7.0; and water hardness from 5-100 ppm. They will display their best colouration when maintained in a well-planted aquarium of their own, and in a group of around 10 to 20 individuals, particularly if maintained under aquarium conditions that will show their iridescent reflective colouration.