Photo taken at Wharf Aquatics
© Sean Evans
|Common name:||Red Eye tetra, Yellow-banded Moenkhausia|
|Scientific name:||Moenkhausia sanctaefilomenae|
|Synonyms:||Tetragonopterus sanctaefilomenae (not valid)|
|Size:||Up to 3" (7.5cm)|
|Origin:||South America: Brazil and Paraguay.|
|Tank setup:||Planted tank, with plenty of open shoaling space.|
|Compatibility:||Community fish, but quite a lively and boisterous swimmer, so it is preferable not to mix it
with timid species. May nip fins of long-finned fish.|
|Water chemistry:||Not critical: soft to medium hard, pH 6.0-7.8.|
|Feeding:||Omnivorous: most foods accepted, include a vegetable component.|
|Sexing:||In adult fish or when ready to spawn, males will appear slimmer.|
|Breeding:||An egg-scatterer which will spawn among fine plants or the roots of floating plants.
Eggs hatch in 1-2 days.|
A hardy community fish, which is an active swimmer and adapts to a range of water conditions.