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The Tetra Bleeding Heart is a mesmerizing freshwater fish that captivates aquarium enthusiasts with its unique appearance and vibrant coloration. With its striking red coloration on its lower body resembling a bleeding heart, this species adds a touch of elegance and intrigue to any aquatic display. The Tetra Bleeding Heart's peaceful nature and stunning aesthetics make it a popular choice for both novice and experienced fishkeepers.

Features Of Bleeding Heart Tetra

  • The most distinct feature of this fish is a blushing red spot near the gills.
  • Mostly inhabits tributaries, and forest lakes, and often associated with submerged woody structures such as roots, fallen branches, overhanging riparian vegetation or aquatic plants
  • Native to the upper Amazon basin
  • Average Lifespan : 3-6 yrs

Bleeding Heart Tetra : Care, Diet and Tank Mates

The Best Aquarium Size for Bleeding Heart Tetra:

A minimum tank size of 75L is suitable for a small group of Bleeding Heart Tetras. This allows them ample space to swim and explore.

Bleeding Heart Tetra Tank Mate Compatibility:

The Tetra Bleeding Heart is a peaceful and sociable fish, making it an excellent choice for community aquariums. It thrives when kept in a small group of at least six individuals. Compatible tankmates include other peaceful tetras, rasboras, gouramis, or peaceful bottom-dwelling species like Corydoras catfish. Avoid housing them with aggressive or fin-nipping species.

Diet & Feeding:

The Tetra Bleeding Heart is an omnivorous species with a preference for small invertebrates and insects in the wild. In captivity, provide a balanced diet that includes high-quality flake or pellet foods formulated for tropical fish. Supplement their diet with small live or frozen foods such as brine shrimp, daphnia, or bloodworms to ensure their nutritional needs are met.

Bleeding Heart Tetra Tank Setup

  • Substrate: Choose a fine gravel or sand substrate to mimic their natural habitat.
  • Aquarium Ornaments: Create a visually appealing and stimulating environment for your Tetra Bleeding Heart by incorporating live plants, driftwood, and rocks. These elements not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of the aquarium but also provide hiding places and territories for the fish. Ensure that plants and decor do not have sharp edges that may damage their delicate fins.
  • Filtration and Water Quality: Stick to a powerful unit that can effectively cycle your tank several times an hour. These fish can produce a lot of waste. A high-filtration system will ensure that ammonia and nitrate levels stay low.
  • Heater : In colder climates, installing a heater is recommended to ensure a comfortable living environment for the Bleeding Heart Tetra - Erythrostigma.

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