Bloodfin Tetra
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Scientific Name(s): Aphyocharax Anisitsi
Category: Tropical
Maximum Size: 6cms
Minimum Tank Volume: 70 litres
Minimum Tank Size: 24" x 15" x 12"
Water Temperature Range: 18-28°C
Water pH Range: 6.0-7.5
Water Hardness Range: 3-30 dGH

General Information: The Bloodfin Tetra has a characteristic red caudal fin and often the red colouration is also present on the anal fin. The body is glass-like and highly transparent. The anal fin is extended backwards and joins the body at the caudal peduncle. The tip of the anal fin may be hook shaped in males.
Tank Requirements: Looks good in a well-planted tank with bog-wood, roots and rocks.
Diet Requirements: Feed a good quality base of flake and micro pellet and supplement twice weekly with live or frozen foods such as daphnia, brineshrimp and bloodworm.
Compatibility: Will shoal with other Tetra. Avoid larger Cichlids such as Angelfish as Tetra are prey to these fish. Other suitable tank-mates include Cories and smaller Loraciids.
Recommendations: Shoaling fish who should be kept in groups of at least 6. Feed a varied diet to improve their red colouration. Monitor water quality closely, as with any fish.
Common Problems: Water should be on the soft-acidic side to ensure that these fish thrive; hard-alkaline water can cause sterility. Clouding of the transparent body and loss of colour is a sign of poor water quality.
Similar Species: Most other Tetra.
Sexing: Females tend to have fuller bodies and males develop small hooks on the pelvic and anal fin rays.
Breeding: Egg scatterer and under the right conditions can be prolific. Provide plenty of broad leaved plants and secluded hideaways.
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