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Rummy nose tetra

Picture of Rummy Nose Tetras Picture of Rummy Nose Tetras
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Common name:Rummy nose tetra, Red-nosed tetra, Firehead tetra
Scientific name:Hemigrammus bleheri
Size:2" (5cm)
Origin:South America: Brazil and Colombia
Tank setup:Planted tank with some swimming space for this active shoaler.
Compatibility:Peaceful community fish, keep with other peaceful tetras, Corydoras catfish, etc.
Temperature:22-26oC (72-79oF)
Water chemistry:Fairly soft, slightly acidic (pH 6.0-7.0) preferred.
Feeding:Omnivorous: flake, small granular foods and live or frozen foods.
Sexing:In mature fish, males are smaller and slimmer.
Breeding:Difficult - very soft, acidic water required. Eggs hatch in 1-2 days.
Comments: These tetras are a spectacular site in a larger shoal, therefore the keeping of 8-10 individuals or more is recommended to appreciate them at their best. They are particularly striking against a background of light green plants.
Two similar species are often sold under the same common names - Hemigrammus rhodostomus and Petitella georgiae (False Rummy-Nose tetra).




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