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Hyphessobrycon callistus rubrostigma Hemigrammus erythrostigma
Bleeding heart tetra
Origin: Colombia, Brazil, Peru
The male is larger, its dorsal and anal fins are pointed and elongated
200 L / 44 imp gal / 53 US gal
T°: 23 à 28°C or 73 to 82°F
pH: 5.6 to 7.2
Hardness: 2 to 10°dGH
8 to 10 cm (3 to 4")
8 to 10 years
Middle and depth
How to feed the Bleeding heart tetra?
Omnivorous: all forms of food are accepted. If you opt for live prey, also give flakes or pellets with a good vegetable content in addition. Submerged fresh fruit pieces will also be browsed (leave for a few hours only).
What kind of behavior does the Bleeding heart tetra have?
It is rather fearful but quite active. Like all species of the genus, it is gregarious and must imperatively be kept in a shoal. Adult males can sometimes be territorial. This interaction between rival males is fascinating to watch: they will display their best colors to attract the attention of females. Sometimes they argue over their hierarchical position. This behavior can potentially extend to other species resembling it.
Who can live with the Bleeding heart tetra?
A community aquarium is accepted (independent, it cares little about other people). It accompanies perfectly large cichlids such as Discus, Scalar or Apistogramma Ramirezi. It can also live with other Characidae. Watch out for fish that are too small (less than 3 cm or 1.18 Inches) that it can hurt, as well as fish with long fins (Guppy, Xipho, Fighter...). Shrimps are also to be avoided..
How to breed the Bleeding heart tetra?
Quite difficult. Place in a spawning tank (50 to 100 L (13 to 26 US Gallons or 11 to 22 Imperial Gallons)) equipped with a protective grid and tufts of plants, a male and a female. Temperature 26°C or 79°F and pH at 6.5 and moderate light. Filtration on peat. A spawn consists of 20 to 30 eggs. Incubation lasts 48 to 72 hours.
Fry food: artemia nauplii.
Which aquarium for the Bleeding heart tetra?
Its ideal aquarium is quite spacious, with thick plant thickets in the corners, but also a large swimming area. If possible, the substrate will be dark. Hyphessobrycon Erythrostigma will feel safer with subdued lighting and shaded areas, such as floating plants.
However, this Tetra is less sensitive to its decor than other species of its family. It likes clean water so water changes will be done every week (in a tank already cycled and mature). A peat filtration is recommended.
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It is a great predator of fry, do not raise your species in the presence of this fish.
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