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Bleeding Heart Tetra
Bleeding Heart Tetra
Pet Bleeding Heart Tetra For Sale
The Bleeding Heart Tetra, is a tropical freshwater fish native to the Upper Amazon River basin. Pet Bleeding Heart Tetra Fish grow to 2" long including the tail and lives for around five years. Pet Bleeding Heart Tetras are active swimmers and quarrel with each other, but rarely do much harm. It is best to house these freshwater fish in at least a 20-gallon tank, but more is better because they quarrel with each other.
Scientific Name: Hyphessobrycon erythrostigma
Origin: Columbia and Peru where they inhabit the densely vegetated little creeks and river bends of the Upper Amazon.
Aquarist Experience Level: Beginner, Bleeding Heart Tetras are not exceptionally difficult to care for provided their water is kept clean and conditions do not vary greatly.
Habitat: Provide dark gravel, a balance of hiding places, and subtle lighting for your pet Bleeding Heart Tetra. These things, along with floating plants and some open swimming space, will keep your pet Bleeding Heart Tetra happy.
Diet: Pet Bleeding Heart Tetras are omnivorous. In the wild they are opportunistic feeders and eat everything from aquatic insects and larvae, to aquatic plants, fallen fruits, and other plants. The Bleeding Heart Tetra or Spotfin Tetra requires a varied diet. It will happily eat most appropriately-sized commercial aquarium food in addition to live aquarium foods and chopped blanched lettuce leaves. Live or freeze dried blood worms will also be greatly appreciated. Pet Bleeding Heart Tetras do best if fed multiple times a day, and then only offer what they can consume in about 3 minutes.
Aggressiveness Rating: 1/5: These freshwater fish get along with most peaceful community fish but are known to harrass other tankmates at times.
Captive Requirements: The Bleeding Heart Tetra fish requires at least a 15-20 gallon tank with optimal water conditions. Although it is not as hardy as some of the other tetras, it can be a good fish for a conscientious beginning fish keeper. The Bleeding Heart Tetra will show its best colors if it feels secure. Given time to acclimate to its environment in peace and security, the Bleeding Heart Tetra's colors will become more developed. This fish makes a great addition to most tanks, but it is prone to disease if stressed from changes to its water conditions. Bleeding Heart Tetra prefer a pH of about 7 with moderate hardness. Change water bi-weekly.
Reef Tank Compatibility: The Bleeding Heart Tetra is generally a peaceful community fish, but it is known to be a nipper. Nipping behavior can be reduced by keeping these freshwater fish in a large school of at least 6 or more individuals. Pet Bleeding Heart Tetras can also be kept in pairs along with other peaceful fish. Pet Bleeding Heart Tetras will generally get along amongst its own kind, and will often school with its relatives, the Black Tetra or Black Widow and Albino Tetra. They can also be kept in pairs along with other peaceful fish. Keep fin nippers out of their tanks as the males have fairly large delicate fins. In addition, this fish can be easily spooked into hiding so situate the tank appropriately. This fish should never be housed with boisterous tank mates. It must be housed in a school of its own kind or closely related fish. Recommended tank mates for Bleeding Heart Tetra include small fish like Guppies, Platys, Corydoras Catfish, and Gouramis.
Reproduction: The breeding process for the Bleeding Heart Tetra is difficult in the home aquarium, but not impossible with the right conditions. Females will often ignore males or are not receptive to spawning, and the fry are difficult to rear. A separate breeding tank is required. The most successful way to breed pet Bleeding Heart Tetra fish is in pairs. These freshwater fish seem to spawn most readily if they can choose their own mates. Ideally, have a group and let them pair off, otherwise pick the best pair.
Additional Information: This characin is not as hardy as some tetras but can be a good beginner fish. Pet Bleeding Heart Tetras do not adapt well to changes in aquarium conditions and are prone to ich and velvet when stressed. Frequent water changes are very important with this fish. These tetras are very adaptable and can do well without a heated aquarium in well-insulated homes. Aquariums are closed systems, and regardless of size, all need some maintenance. Over time, decomposing organic matter, nitrates, and phosphate build up, and the water hardness increases due to evaporation. To combat these ever-changing conditions, water should be replaced on a regular basis, especially if the tank is densely stocked. At least 25 to 50% of the tank water should be replaced every other week. Make sure to remove all of the decomposing organic matter that has built up.
Temperature: 73.0 to 82.0° F (22.8 to 27.8° C)
Life Span: 5 years