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Cochu's Blue Tetra Boehlkea fredcochui

Category: Characins - Community

Size: 2-3cm

Price: £2.45 each

Discount: Buy 10 or more Cochu's Blue Tetra Boehlkea fredcochui and get 10% off!!

Stock: 6 in stock


Water Chemistry: Adaptable

Diet: Adaptable

Sociability: Aggressive

Care Level: Difficult

Schooling Fish: Yes


Further details:

Further information can be found below:

Fish type: tropical
Male or Female Cannot be sexed
Water conditions: These fish are currently kept in water Ph 7.8 and Neutral
Breeding: TBC
Volume Discount: Buy 10 or more Cochu's Blue Tetra Boehlkea fredcochui and get 10% off!!
Size: 2-3cm

Boehlkea fredcochui (Cochu's Blue Tetra)

This unusual and very beautiful tetra is best suited to the planted, Amano-style aquarium where its bright colours and hyperactive personality will work well. It is of moderate size, very streamlined, with a silvery body marked with a blue patch that covers the flanks and caudal peduncle. The fins are transparent, but the tail and dorsal fin are tipped with white. This fish looks best in a shady aquarium with a dark substrate.

Sex differences are not strong, but males tend to be more slender than females.


Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

Cochu’s blue tetra has a reputation for being delicate, but this is only true if it is kept incorrectly. Unlike many tetras that do well in small tanks, Cochu’s blue tetra needs a spacious aquarium with strong water currents, lots of oxygen, and ample swimming space. Minimum recommended aquarium is 120 litres/30 gallons in size.

Although essentially a peaceful fish, this species is a confirmed fin-nipper, and shouldn't be mixed with slow-moving tankmates or species with long fins (such as gouramis, angelfish or bettas). It is also very demanding in terms of swimming space and numbers. In part their nippiness is related to their need for a large group: do not keep fewer than ten specimens!

Feeding the Cochu’s blue tetra is not difficult, as it will eat a wide variety of foods. This species is somewhat herbivorous in the wild and may nibble at soft aquarium plants. The aquarist should note this, and provide at least some green foods in its diet, such as a vegetarian flake food of the type used to feed livebearers. While a good quality flake food makes an ideal staple, this should be augmented with frozen or live meaty foods such as daphnia and bloodworms.

Spawning does occur in aquaria, but is rare. Requires soft, slightly acidic water. Eggs are deposited under leaves.


Fish Details:

Further fish details are shown below:

Distribution South America: widespread across the Amazon basin
Temperature 22-26 C
Size 4-5 cm
Water Parameters Adaptable, but avoid extremes
Water PH 6.0-8.0