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Bloodfin Tetra

Bloodfin Tetra © Nixalba

Bloodfin Tetra © Nixalba
By : Billy McEnery
Common Name: Bloodfin Tetra
Latin Name: Aphyocharax anisitsi
Origin: South America- Amazon
Temperature: 68-80 F
Ease Of Keeping: Easy
Aggressivness: Peaceful
Lighting: Not critical
Adult Size: 2-3 inches
Minimum Tank Size : 10 gallon
Feeding: Flakes live frozen
Spawning Method: Egg layer
Bloodfin tetras can be kept in an unheated tank but it will dull the coloration. Tetras are happiest in groups of six or more.These tetras are easy to read for heath if the red color is lost from the fins for a prolonged period of time the fish is likely to be ill or stressed.
Females of the species are larger and not as bright as their male counter parts. Males also have a hook on their anal fin and are noticeably more yellow than females.
These tetras are easy to breed in a well planted tank.To get them to breed condition them well with live foods and such. The Bloodfin tetra will lay 650 to 800 clear colored eggs.The eggs will float on top of the water. Spawning will be done in the early morning. Parents must be removed because they will eat the eggs when they sink to the bottom. Eggs with hatch in about 24 hours. Feed the fry brine shrimp.Water for breeding should be slightly acidic. The Bloodfin Tetra are more likely to breed in a species tank but I have had it happen in a community tank.
They are a good community fish. They go well with any other tetras that are about the same size. Such as the Black Skirt Tetra. They also go well with many algae eaters like Oto cats. Most any fish that will not eat them make good tank mates for them.

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