Rummy Nose Tetra
Alternative Name(s): True Rummy Nose
Scientific Name(s): Hemigrammus rhodostomus
Category: Tropical
Maximum Size: 5cms
Minimum Tank Volume: 70 litres
Minimum Tank Size: 24" x 15" x 12"
Water Temperature Range: 24-27°C
Water pH Range: 5.5-7.0
Water Hardness Range: 2-12 dGH

General Information: A distinctive Tetra that gets its name from its bright red nose. The body is a transluscent silver torpedo shape finishing in a black and white banded caudal fin. Green iridescent scales are often found on the fontanel (top of the head). This timid fish will shoal actively and a large shoal can make a striking display.
Tank Requirements: Amazon biotope with black water, rocks and roots or a heavily planted tank will show this fish off to best advantage.
Diet Requirements: Unfussy and will eat most foods offered including good quality flake as a basic diet plus twice weekly treats of small live/frozen foods such as daphnia, brine shrimp and bloodworm. Ensure foods are small enough for its tiny mouth.
Compatibility: Does well with other smaller Amazon fish and dwarf soft water Cichlids. Avoid large or boisterous tank mates and large Cichlids as this fish will fall prey to them.
Recommendations: Keep on top of water quality with weekly water changes of around 25%. Maintain a varied high quality diet to enhance colouration. Keep in groups of no less than six; this fish shoals actively.
Common Problems: Water quality should be monitored closely as these fish are sensitive to increased pH and hardness and particularly to poor quality and high nitrates. Loss of the distinctive red on their noses is a sure sign of poor water quality.
Similar Species: Firehead Tetra - Hemigrammus bleheri False Rummy Nose Tetra - Petitella georgia
Sexing: Rummy Nose Tetras are difficult to sex accurately, but the females tend to be fuller-bodied than the males.
Breeding: These fish are very difficult to breed. If kept in hard water the calcium ions will sterilise them and added to this the eggs are vulnerable to fungus.
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