Scientific Name: Aphyocharax rathbuni
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Approximate purchase size : 2 - 3cm
All Pond Solutions will always endeavour to supply as close to the approximate size range as possible. Due to variations from suppliers on rare occasions this may not always be possible. Images used are to show the full potential of the fish when fully mature and are not always representative of juvenile specimens.
How hard are they to keep?
They are very hardy and adapt to a variety of water conditions.¬†In a well-insulated house, these fish can even do well without¬†a heater,¬†though a cooler aquarium will not show their colouring to¬†best effect.
What is its maximum size?
Where are they from?
Endemic to river drainage systems in Paraguay, ParanÔøΩ and Uruguay.
What is the ideal number to keep together?
Bloodfin Tetras are a shoaling species, and are best kept in large numbers. For best results we recommend keeping at least 6 in a shoal - the more the happier they will be.
What water conditions do they require?
Ideally, slightly acidic water conditions are provided between 6.5pH - 7pH however they will happily live in conditions ranging up to pH of 7.5 or higher. Temperatures should range between 24-26¬∞C.
What should you feed them?
Bloodfin Tetra should be fed a variety of flake, frozen, freeze dried and live foods for a varied diet. Being omnivores they will happily accept a wide range of foods.
How compatible are they with other fish?
Bloodfin Tetra are a community fish and are generally accepted by a wide range of tank mates, keep in large groups to avoid fin nipping and avoid long finned species. Please see the compatibility chart below for more information.
How do you breed them?
Females will exhibit a much deeper body, especially when carrying eggs. Can happily be bred in captivity, however care must be taken with eggs and fry as no parental care is provided.