Hemigrammus bleheri
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Hemigrammus bleheri

Common Names: Firehead Tetra
Rummynose Tetra
Family: Characidae
Category: Characins
Distribution: America - South; Columbia.
Main Ecosystem: River; River
Temperament: Schooling; Peaceful.
Diet: Ominvore; Rummynose tetras are omnivorous, and will eat flake foods, freeze-dried foods, and small live foods, among others.
Care: Feed with good quality flakes and freeze dried food. Not the easiest of Tetras to keep, nitrates should be kept as low as possible. Frequent water changes are needed with a good water conditioner. Use fine-leaved plants. Be advised that Rummy-Nosed Tetras are particularly  e to transport shock, and require more than usual diligence in acclimatisation to a new aquarium. Ideally Rummy-Noses should be kept in darkness during transit from dealer to home, should be conveyed in bags containing a ma
5 - 7.6
23°C - 26°C
73°F - 79°F
5 dH - 12 dH
Potential Size: Male: 4.5cm (1.8")
Female: 4.5cm (1.8")
Water Region: Middle; Middle
Activity: Diurnal; Diurnal
Gender: Males are noticably thinner.
Breeding: Very difficult. Try very soft and acidic peat-filtered water. Make sure there are many fine-leaved plants in the tank. Remove the parents after spawning as they will eat the eggs. The fry are very hard to keep as the are extremely small. Fry growth rate is very slow, sometimes fry will need infusoria sized foods for up to twelve weeks before being weaned onto larger foods. This combined with their delicate nature in respect to water conditons makes the Rummy Nose a major breeding challenge.
Comments: Commonly confused with Hemigrammus rhodostomus and Petitella georgiae.
Main Colours: Red, Silver, Black
Markings: Not Specified
Mouth: Normal
Tail: Concave
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Submitted By: Adam
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