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Rummy-Nose Tetras: Differences

posted: 05/15/12
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There are three fish which are called "rummy-nose tetras." Although they look very similar, their ranges of distribution in South America, ability to breed in an aquarium setting, and ease of maintenance are different.

Hemigrammus rhodostomus is the "true" rummy-nose tetra and is sometimes referred to as the "Banded Rummy-Nose." It is found closer to the Atlantic coastline. It is considered to be easier to breed than the other two rummy-nose tetras. It requires quite soft and acidic water.

Hemigrammus bleheri may also be known as the "common" rummy-nose tetra or "Brilliant Rummy-Nose," and is the most common rummy-nose appearing in the aquarium trade. It is found farther inland than H. rhodostomus, and has a much narrower range, basically the middle portion of the Rio Negro in Brazil. Like the "true" rummy-nose tetra, the common rummy-nose requires quite soft and acidic water.

Petitella georgiae is the "false" rummy-nose tetra, and may also be called the "Black-Finned Rummy-Nose." It is also found farther inland than H. rhodostomus, but its range is much broader than H. bleheri and includes Brazil and Peru. Its breeding habits have not been described. P. georgiae can live in water that is less acidic with more hardness (pH 5.5-7.0; hardness up to 12°dGH).

Hemigrammus rhodostomus

- Lower caudal peduncle spot — Present

- Mid-body line — Present

- Red reaches well past gill — No

- Black edging on anal fin — Light

- Bands on caudal fin — Narrow, least amount of white

Hemigrammus bleheri (most commonly available)

- Lower caudal peduncle spot — Present

- Mid-body line — Absent

- Red reaches well past gill — Yes, when in favorable water conditions

- Black edging on anal fin — Absent

- Bands on caudal fin — Narrow

Petitella georgiae

- Lower caudal peduncle spot — Absent

- Mid-body line — Present

- Red reaches well past gill — No

- Black edging on anal fin — Dark

- Bands on caudal fin — Broad

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