Rummynose Tetra (Hemigrammus rhodostomus)
Category: Tetra Fish
Rummynose Tetra is a variety of freshwater fish that belongs to the Characidae family. These fish varieties are native to South America, and they are popular aquarium fish among fish keepers. Female and male breeds show no obvious visual variations, except the increased completeness of the body outline in mature female breeds.
The Rummynose Tetra is one among the smallest fish in their family that has a maximum body length of 2 inches when fully grown. This fish variety has a torpedo-shaped body, with transparent silvery color. The fish is adorned with iridescent green colored scales where the fontanel part meets its body.
The fins of the fish are hyaline, with the exemption of the tail fin, which is being decorated with white and black horizontal lines, which vary in quantity, but usually containing a central black line in the central part of the tail fin, with two parallel black lines upon every caudal fin lobe. The gaps between the lines are white, and it has a total of five black colored stripes. The head of the fish is deep red in color, shining and continuing up to the eye iris, and a little red tint extends away from the gill plate or operculum into the front part of its body.
The Rummynose Tetra fish breeds are omnivores and they feed on insects and plant matter in the wild. In the aquarium, they are fed with a variety of foods, as well as brine shrimp or daphnia, freeze-desiccated bloodworms and Tubifex, high quality flakes and micro pellet food diet.
The Rummynose Tetra fish breeds prefer to spawn in the middle of superior leaved plants. These fish varieties are not renowned as particularly egregious egg eaters. The eggs laid by the female breed take a maximum of 96 hours to hatch and will take 6 months to raise fry to adolescent sizes where they are able to eat the live daphnia on a usual basis.
The average lifespan of the Rummynose Tetra fish breed is 5 years to 6 years.