Rummy Nose Tetra (Hemigrammus bleheri or Hemigrammus rhodostomys )

Both of the above species are known as Rummy nose Tetras, though strictly speaking, the former is named Firehead Tetra, with red nose colouring extending slightly further down its body, and the latter Banded Rummy nose Tetra.  Both species of Rummy nose Tetra have a bright red nose and a black and white striped tail fin, and although they only reach about 4.5cm (1 and 1/4 inch) in length, will provide a striking addition to your community tank.

A shoal of Rummy-nose Tetras needs a well-planted aquarium, with well maintained water quality with soft acidic water.  Make sure your tank is well established before introducing them into your set-up, as they can easily be upset by any hint of instability in the water conditions:  in a healthy, stable tank, once they feel at home, they will be fairly hardy and easy to care for, with stunning colours (their colouring will fade temporarily when first transported), though it’s best to avoid overly lively tank-mates.

Rummy-nose Tetras will eat all kinds of live, fresh, and flake foods.  They have fairly small mouths, so make sure their food is given in fairly small chunks.  They may breed in a home set-up, scattering eggs, which hatch after 24 – 36 hours.

Water temperature: 22 – 28C

Water pH: 5.5 – 6.8