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Red Eye tetra

Picture of Red Eye Tetra

Photo taken at Wharf Aquatics
© Sean Evans

Common name:Red Eye tetra, Yellow-banded Moenkhausia
Scientific name:Moenkhausia sanctaefilomenae
Synonyms:Tetragonopterus sanctaefilomenae (not valid)
Size:Up to 3" (7.5cm)
Origin:South America: Brazil and Paraguay.
Tank setup:Planted tank, with plenty of open shoaling space.
Compatibility:Community fish, but quite a lively and boisterous swimmer, so it is preferable not to mix it with timid species. May nip fins of long-finned fish.
Temperature:22-26oC (72-79oF)
Water chemistry:Not critical: soft to medium hard, pH 6.0-7.8.
Feeding:Omnivorous: most foods accepted, include a vegetable component.
Sexing:In adult fish or when ready to spawn, males will appear slimmer.
Breeding:An egg-scatterer which will spawn among fine plants or the roots of floating plants. Eggs hatch in 1-2 days.
Comments: A hardy community fish, which is an active swimmer and adapts to a range of water conditions.



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