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Rummy-Nose Tetra, Common

posted: 05/15/12
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Rummy-Nose Tetra, Common
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The Common Rummy-Nose Tetra is a peaceful fish that comes from regions in South America. It has a black tail, which is striped with white, and a silver body. The Common Rummy-Nose Tetra gets its name from the red blushing nose and face.

The Common Rummy-Nose Tetra can be housed in a community aquarium. Plants, rocks, and driftwood help to enhance its natural habitat and provide hiding spaces. The Common Rummy-Nose Tetra is a peaceful fish that the beginner to the expert aquarist would benefit from having.

The Common Rummy-Nose Tetra will breed occasionally in an aquarium setting and a hospital or "breeding tank" will be necessary. Slightly acidic water is best for optimal breeding habits. After the eggs begin to hatch, removing the parents will be necessary to reduce the number of lost fry.

The Common Rummy-Nose Tetra will accept many small foods such as brine shrimp or daphnia, freeze-dried bloodworms and tubifex, micro pellet food, and a high quality flake food.

Ideal tank mates include: Tetras, Dwarf Gouramis, Danios, Rasboras, Rainbowfish, Discus, Angelfish, Guppies, Platies, Mollies, Swordtails, Plecos and small Scavenger Catfish.

Fish Facts

Name: Rummy-Nose Tetra, Common (Hemigrammus bleheri)

Family: Characidae

Range: South America

Size: Up to 2 inches

Diet: Omnivore

Tank Set-up: Freshwater: Plants, rocks, driftwood

Tank Conditions: 72-77°F; pH 6.0-6.5; dH less than 4

Minimum Tank Capacity: 30 gallons

Light: Medium

Temperament: Peaceful

Swimming Level: Middle

Care Level: Easy

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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