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A pretty and very peaceful tetra that spends its time actively schooling
with others of the same species. Fits into almost any community tank,
so long as the water conditions are high quality and some hiding places
(at least either plastic or live plants).
Listed tank sizes are the minimum
||2 inches (5 cm)
||6.0 to 7.5
||Soft to neutral
||74°F to 82°F (23-29°C)
Lower Amazon region, around Aripiranga and Paraguay.
General Body Form:
Torpedo shaped, elongate body.
This is a distinctive looking little tetra with black and white "checkerboard"
markings on its tail and a bright red nose, for which it is named. The
red nose is actually the best indication of the fish's health and well-being--when
it is feeling ill at ease or not in tiptop shape (for example, when
first introduced to the tank), this red will fade to a dull pink, barely
distinguishable from its unremarkable gray body color.
The rummy-nose tetra is an excellent fish for the community tank once
it is adjusted to its surroundings, but this initial adaptive phase
can be a bit longer than for some fish. In the meantime, it tends to
be sensitive to water quality, so test this frequently. It does not
take well to addition of salt and many chemical additives, and pH fluctuations
can kill it. It must be kept with at least 3 members of its own species,
or else it will sulk in the corner and show signs of stress. Healthy
species will adapt eventually to a well-planted tank and school actively
in and out of every corner of the aquarium, their noses glowing brightly.
A planted South American Riverbank setup.
This is a delicate fish and is very hard to breed. Provide a large tank
with lots of plants and very soft water. Several pairs should be placed
together. After a long period of acclimation and conditioning they may
spawn. A small number of eggs are produced which will hatch in about