Common name: Bleeding Heart Tetra
Scientific name: Hyphessobrycon Erythrostigma
Average Adult Fish Size: 2.5 inches / 6 cm
Place of Origin: Amazon Basin.
Typical Tank setup: Well planted around the sides and back with rocks and driftwood/bogwood. Bright lighting is great for the Bleeding Heart Tetra.
Recommended Minimum Aquarium Capacity: 15 gallon / 60 litre
Compatibility: It is very common to find tetras with Corydoras as companions, as they are both quite peaceful and other tank mates like Guppies, other Tetras, Rasboras, Mollies & Platies
Temperature: 72 – 82 Deg F / 22 – 28 Deg C
Water chemistry: pH 6.0 – 7.2
Feeding: Flake food is perfect for the Bleeding Heart Tetra although would also benefit from a slightly vegetarian diet alongside normal flake.
Sexing: Males tend to be more colourful than females. Dorsal fins of males are sickle-shaped, longer, and more pointed whereas dorsal fins of females are shorter with a rounded tip.
Breeding: Spawning begins with vigorous swimming among dense vegetation and is followed by mates pressing their sides together. Eggs are released after brief quivering. Eggs then attach to vegetation or fall to the bottom.
Additional Information: This peaceful Tetra tropical fish will be a great addition to any community aquarium and should be kept in groups of 10 or more ideally.