Rummy nose Tetra
The Rummy nose Tetra (hemigrammus bleheri), originates from Brazil and Columbia and lives in blackwater streams and rivers.
The adult will reach 5cm in length and has a clear body with a red patch on the face. Its tail has white stripes running across it. The male of this species is slimmer than the female and because they are egg scaterers the breeding potential is low. The Rummy nose tetra will swim in the middle levels of the tank and eats flake, frozen and live foods. This fish should be kept in a shoal of no less than 6 to make it feel secure.
The Rummy nose tetra will be happy in a tank of 80 gallons and prefers a water temperature between 24-31 degrees centigrade. This fish will sometimes only breed when temperatures are as high as 33 degrees centigrade. This fish prefers soft acidic water and a PH between 6.4-7.
The Rummy nosed tetra will benefit from a planted aquarium and it has been reported that this fish will become sterile if there are too many calcium ions in the water.