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Cochu's Blue Tetra Boehlkea fredcochui
Category: Characins - Community
Size: 1-2.5 cm
Price: £3.55 each
Discount: No discounts available
Stock: 40 in stock
Water Chemistry: Adaptable
Care Level: Difficult
Schooling Fish: Yes
Beautiful neon blue
Further information can be found below:
|Male or Female||Cannot be sexed|
|Water conditions:||These fish are currently kept in water Ph 7.5 and Neutral|
|Volume Discount:||No discounts available|
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.
Further fish details are shown below:
|Distribution||South America: widespread across the Amazon basin|
|Water Parameters||Adaptable, but avoid extremes|