- Common Name(s)
- Firehead tetra, common rummy-nose tetra
- Scientific Name
- Hemigrammus bleheri
- Negro and Meta river basins
- Maximum Size
- 2 inches
- Minimum Tank Size
- 15/20 gallon with minimum base dimensions of 24 x 12
- Tank Setup
- Looks best in a planted tank with a dark substrate and background.
- Tank Region
- Omnivore. Will take dry foods, but supplement with mosquito larvae and other live foods.
- Egg-scatterer. Doesn't take care of its young.
- With other temp-compatible community fish
- Ease of Keeping
- Fairly easy
- pH: Doesn't matter; Temperature: 74-79 Fahrenheit
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This species is closely related to the other rummy-nose tetra, H. rhodostomus. The two are often confused. This picture will help:
As you can see, H. bleheri does not have the black lateral line near the tail end of the fish. H. bleheri also has the red color extend pass its gill cover while the other two do not.
For other differences, follow the link above.
This species is the most commonly found in the hobby of the three.
A schooling fish, so should be kept in groups of 6+ of its own species.
Females are more round than males.