Photos © Sean Evans
|Common name:||Rummy nose tetra, Red-nosed tetra, Firehead tetra|
|Scientific name:||Hemigrammus bleheri|
|Origin:||South America: Brazil and Colombia|
|Tank setup:||Planted tank with some swimming space for this active shoaler.|
|Compatibility:||Peaceful community fish, keep with other peaceful tetras, Corydoras catfish, etc.|
|Water chemistry:||Fairly soft, slightly acidic (pH 6.0-7.0) preferred.|
|Feeding:||Omnivorous: flake, small granular foods and live or frozen foods.|
|Sexing:||In mature fish, males are smaller and slimmer.|
|Breeding:||Difficult - very soft, acidic water required. Eggs hatch in 1-2 days.|
These tetras are a spectacular site in a larger shoal, therefore the keeping of 8-10 individuals or more is recommended
to appreciate them at their best. They are particularly striking against a background of light green plants.
Two similar species are often sold under the same common names - Hemigrammus rhodostomus and Petitella georgiae (False Rummy-Nose tetra).