Bloodfin Tetra (Aphyocharax anisitsi)

Photo of: Bloodfin Tetra (Aphyocharax anisitsi)

Scientific Name(s): Aphyocharax anisitsi

 

Common Name(s): Bloodfin Tetra

 

Family: Characidae

 

Species Type: Characins (Tetras)

 

Maximum Size: 2 inches

 

Life Span: 11 years

 

Natural Habitat: South American rivers

 

Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons

 

Tank Region: All over

 

Possible Tank Mates: Other community fish.

 

Description: This fish is great for beginners because it is long lived, undemanding and very easy to keep. Plant the tank with Valisneria, leaving enough swimming room. Although the bloodfin tetra can be kept in an unheated tank, this is not recommended as its color will lighten.

 

Temperature Range: 65°F - 82°F

     
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pH Range: 6 - 8

     
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Hardness Range: 15° - 30°

     
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Breeding Information: Easy to breed but parents will eat their own young. Seperate fry from parents.

 

Sexing Information: Males have far more red on their fins. Males also tend to have a hook on the anal fin

 

Diet: Carnivorous - does well with flake foods.

 

Temperament: Peacheful school fish.

 

Common Diseases: None specific to species.

 

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Characins (Tetras)


Author

Keith Pardee

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