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Rummynose Tetras are very popular community fish, looks great in a school, particularly against a darker substrate. Rummynose tetras display a variety of different colours and patterns across their body. This unusual mix of styles makes them stand out in your tank. They’re sensitive to water parameter changes, so a little experience is needed to make sure they stay healthy.


Features of Rummynose Tetra:

  • Their head is a deep red which gives them their name - Rummynose
  • The caudal fin has a zebra-like design of black and white horizontal stripes
  • They are peaceful fish and can be kept with other aquarium fish
  • Care Level : Intermediate

The Best Aquarium Size for Tetras:

Rummy nose tetras need at least a 35L tank. Although they are small, they enjoy having plenty of space to shoal and swim. Opt for a larger tank if you are planning to add a few compatible species.
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Tank Mate Compatibility:

Rummy nose tetras should be kept in groups. Have at least 6 of them in one tank. As peaceful fish, they pair well with other peaceful specie. Keep them away from large or aggressive fish. They can get stressed easily.
Here’s a list of some of the best tank mates for your Tetras:
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Feeding :

Rummynose Tetras are omnivores. You can feed them fine flake food, small granules, live or frozen brine shrimp, daphnia, tubifex, and frozen or freeze-dried bloodworms. Offer a variety of food, including live foods, to ensure good health.


Tetra Tank Set-up:

Heater :

Heater is needed for the tetra if the room temperature is low in winter. Ideal water temperatures sit between at a stable number between 23 ⁰C - 27 ⁰C
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Aquarium Light :

You can choose to use lighting in your aquarium if that’s what you prefer. Tetras spend most of their time in shaded waters in their natural habitat. To imitate that in captivity, dim lighting would be ideal. LED lights will provide the most customization and allow you to adjust the intensity until you reach the sweet spot.

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Substrate for Tetra Aquarium :

Gravel and Dark Color Substrates. A variety of Substrates are avalibale in Coburg Aquarium.

Plants for Tetras:

They are accustomed to medium to large plants in their natural habitat and enjoy a well-planted aquarium with some open swimming space.
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Decorations for Tetras:

Artificial plants can work well. Additionally, you can also choose to use Aquarium Ornaments such as: Kazoo handmade fish decorations, caves, rocks, and maybe even driftwood will create a fun playground for them to swim around. Also, you can place silk artificial plants.

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