Hemigrammus ocellifer

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Characidae
Origin : Guyana, Brazil, Bolivia
Length : 4,5 cm - 2"
Min.length aquarium : 60 cm - 25"
English names  Beacon Tetra, Head and Tail Light Tetra
Peaceful schooling fish for a smaller community aquarium.  It is wise to buy a large school.  The aquarium should be planted densely on the sides and background.  In the middle you should leave enough free swimming space.  A dark substrate and a dimmed light by using floating plants bring out the colours of the fish.

You should give them small live food.  Dry food is accepted as well.

Breeding is easy.  You should prepare a breeding tank with fine leaved plants and put a pair in it in the evening.  The next morning they lay and fertilize a lot of eggs between the plants.  After spawning the parents should be removed.  After 48 hours the eggs hatch.  When the young fishes are swimming free you can raise them with very fine infusoria and a few days later with Artemia-nauplii.

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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