Bloodfin Tetra


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Apr 27, 2004
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Common Name: Bloodfin Tetra

Scientific Name: Aphyocharax anisitsi

Family: Characidae

Origin: Argentina and Rio Parana

Maximum Size: Up to 3"

Care: These are extremely hardy, extremely peaceful, Tetras which will accept a wide range of conditions, including temperatures between 65 and 82 degrees F, and pH of 6.0-8.0. They need to be in schools, the bigger the better. Kept in a clean tank with a good diet, these fish have been known to live over 10 years.

Feeding: Will accept most foods including flake, small pellets, frozen and live.

Sexing and Breeding: This Tetra is extremely easy to breed, and will do so under nearly any condition. Broad leaved plants are a must though, as they will lay their adhesive eggs on the leaves. If no plants are provided, they will lay their eggs near the top of the aquarium. In either case, you must separate the adults or they will eat the eggs. After a few days the eggs will hatch. Sexing is relatively easy, as the male has a hook on the end of it's anal fin, whereas the female's is more rounded. Females are also plumper and duller in color than males.

Comments: A great beginner fish, that will give you many years of enjoyment. These fish are very tight schoolers so 6 or more is a must.


Picture illustrating the tight schooling pattern of these Tetras.

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