Bleeding Heart Tetra (Hyphessobrycon erythrostigma)
Category: Tetra Fish
Tetras are among the top peaceful fishes and bleeding heart tetra is no exception. Quite understandably, it's name could be misleading. The markings on its body accounts for the 'bleeding heart' tag, nevertheless its a healthy fish. This fish could be a darling to lazy pet owners and it could be easily cared for. It's colored in red and silver, doesn't grow over two to four inches. These tetras got its origin in Thailand, where they were farm raised. It lives on a easy omnivorous diet. The fish lives quite easy in a ten gallon tank , thus such tank capacity is suggested.
Bleeding heart tetra likes dark settings. Adding plastic or live plants to the tank does the trick. The fish prefers plants in plenty especially floating plants which block light. Breeding aquarium would need a 20 gallon capacity considering these are egg scattering tetras. Tetras tend to breed readily and its ideal to buy them in pairs. Water quality is one area, which can be trouble for bleeding heart tetra owners. Theses tetras need water to be warm and soft. It lives up to five years, if the conditions are perfect. They live easy in a pack of size, nevertheless its not advisable to keep them with large finned fishes.
Nipping would be the highest sort of aggressive behavior from this kind of tetras. They are peaceful species, thus being prone to being victimized at company of large fishes. Some males of bleeding heart species of tetras could be territorial. Keeping company with bettas and angelfishes are going to do bleeding heart tetras no good. Their best company happens with bottom dwelling fishes. Females do not possess dorsal fins but are more bodied than the male. These fishes are best fit for community tanks and do well in groups. They are easily purchasable from local pet stores.