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  • Species: Flame-Backed Bleeding Heart Tetra

Rare 'Flame-Backed Bleeding Heart Tetra' available @ Wildwoods

02 July 2019

These gorgeous Brazilian tetras (Hyphessobrycon pyrrhonotus) are rare and quite hard to get your hands on. However, Wildwoods have these delightful and intriguing tetras in stock for a limited time only!

Similar to the popular bleeding heart tetra but distinguished by a prominent red patch along the back of the fish from the base of the dorsal to the tail fin. Dorsal fins become greatly elongated on mature males, trailing backwards almost to the tail. They grow up to around 4-5cm in length if kept in the correct size tank.

A peaceful, shoaling fish that prefers midwater levels of the aquarium. It is a shy species that will only do well in a tank with plenty of cover (e.g., live or plastic plants) and peaceful tankmates of similar size and temperament.

This fish breeds in a similar way to other small tetras. Soft, acid water is essential. Eggs are scattered on the bottom of the tank and are prone to bacterial and fungal decay. After a few days the fry are free swimming and will accept small live foods such as brine shrimp nauplii.

Tetras are best kept in shoals of 8-10 and in a densely planted tank with subdued light/ an ideal temperature of 24-28C to resemble their native Amazon environment.

Tetras are omnivores and will accept most flake foods, but should also have some small foods such as brine shrimp, daphnia, freeze-dried bloodworms, tubifex, and micro pellet food to supplement their diet.