Hemigrammus stictus

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Characidae
Origin : Guyanas, Brazil, Colombia
Length : 6 cm - 2.5"
Min.length aquarium : 80 cm - 30"
English name : Bloodtail Tetra
Peaceful schooling fish that you can keep in a community aquarium.  The water should be soft and acid.  The aquarium should be well planted with fine leaved plants on the sides and background. A dark substrate and a dimmed light bring out the colours of the fishes.  They are sensitive of nitrate.

They are omnivorous.  You can give them a great variety of live, frozen and dry food.

Breeding is not easy.  The eggs are laid and fertilized between the plants.  After spawning the parents should be removed.  The eggs hatch after 24 hours.  When the young fishes are swimming free you can feed them with rotifer and after 5 days with Artemia-nauplii.


Photo Credit

Hans Meulblok

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