This page will give a completely detailed profile of the selected
fish, from A to Z. The profiled fish will be chosen randomly by Badman,
and will come from the complete genre of tropical fish. New profiles
are added on a regular basis. If you would like to submit a profile
for the site please contact me. Don't forget to let us know you experiences
with this fish by filling out the
This profile was written by Lizon an active contributor to the site.
A great schooling fish of six or more. A hardy fish but known fin nipper
to fish with long flowing fins.
Listed tank sizes are the minimum
||1+ in (2.7 cm)
||15 Gallons for a singles species tank with a nice school.
||Will go everywhere but predominantly Lower to Middle level.
||6.0 - 7.5
||Soft to medium: dh range 2.0 - 20.0
||68°F to 79°F (20°-26° C)
Green Fire Tetra, Redflank bloodfin, Rathbun's Bloodfin
South America: Paraguay River basin.
General Body Form:
A slender fish somewhat spindle shaped with little lateral compression.
The belly area seems to be rounded in the females and concave in the
males. They can reach a length of about one and one quarter inches (2.7cm)
Sexing & Colouration:
Males have the white tips on anal, pelvic and dorsal fins, the females
do not. Over all body color is almost metallic light green with a metallic
yellow streak followed by the red splash on the pelvic fin and tail.
A hardy planted tank is good, low lighting and they do prefer more acidic
waters. Lots of hiding places for these fish as well. The just like
other tetras will take all foods offered, side treats the brine shrimp
and blood worms. These are a shoaling fish, schools should be a minimum
of 6. These can be placed with other community fish provided no long
flowing fins, these fish been known to nip fins, and should not be housed
with any predatory fish.
In the aquarium they will eat most anything offered to them. Such as,
Daphnia, freeze dried blood worms, Brine shrimp as well as flakes and
Hard to breed though increasing the numbers in the tank can help up
the chances for eggs and higher chance fry will develop, also feeding
them live foods can help condition them. No light when breeding and
tank should have many thin leafed plants for egg laying. Generally these
will spawn during the day and eggs hatch within three days, feed the
fry Infusoria and baby brine shrimp, newly hatched.