Hemigrammus pulcher
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Hemigrammus pulcher

Common Names: Garnet Tetra
Pretty Tetra
Family: Characidae
Category: Characins
Distribution: America - South; The Peruvian Amazon.
Main Ecosystem: Stream; The upper Amazon River basin.
Temperament: Peaceful; A very peaceful schooling fish.
Diet: Ominvore; These tetras will eat just about anything, from tiny crustaceans to plant matter.
Care: Similar to other tetras. They prefer a tank with a balance between vegetation to hide in, and open space to school and swim in. These fish should be kept in groups of six or more.
5 - 7
23°C - 28°C
73°F - 82°F
3 dH - 16 dH
Potential Size: Male: 6cm (2.4")
Female: 6cm (2.4")
Water Region: Middle; Middle
Activity: Diurnal; They 'sleep' at night.
Gender: Males are smaller and more slender.
Breeding: These tetras are somewhat difficult to breed. Select a pair to spawn (preferably a very brightly colored male, and a plump female), then move them into the breeding tank at night. The tank should have a dense clump of plants at one end, and should have soft, acidic water. In the morning, the tetras should spawn. The eggs will be released in the plants, and they should hatch in a day or so.
Comments: A good fish for a community tank. They are peaceful, and easy to care for. Their main color is gray, but they can have quite a few other colors, including red, pink, orange, and yellow.
Main Colours: Grey
Markings: No Markings
Mouth: Normal
Tail: Forked
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