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Bleeding heart tetra - Hyphessobrycon erythrostigma

Bleeding heart tetra - Hyphessobrycon erythrostigma

Scientific name: Hyphessobrycon erythrostigma

Common name: Bleeding heart tetra

Family: Characidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 5 - 6 cm (1.97 - 2.36 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 5.5 - 7.3

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 12°N (71.43 - 214.29ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 22 - 28 °C (71.6 - 82.4°F)

The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning

Where the species comes from: South America

Temperament to its own species: peaceful

Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful

Usual place in the tank: Bottom levels


The Bleeding Heart Tetra is an omnivore that feeds on plants, worms and crustaceans in the wild. This fish will readily receive flakes, dried and live foods in the aquarium. A diet consisting of spirulina and frozen brine shrimp will ensure quality coloration.


The male Bleeding Heart Tetra has a larger dorsal fin than the female. The female of this particular species is slightly larger with a plumper physique.


These egg layers are extremely difficult to breed in the aquarium but it has been known to happen.


5 years


The Bleeding Heart Tetra is found in Brazil and Peru in the Amazon Basin of South America.


This species are schooling fish and should be kept in groups of 10 or more. Hyphessobrycon erythrostigma require a densely planted tank for hiding and spawning.


The following question and answer was moved here on March 24th 2011 due to merging with related pages.

Which fish are compatible with the bleeding heart tetra?

Answer: The bleeding heart tetra is a peaceful community fish so should be kept with other peaceful species. Any of the tetras will be alright with this fish but avoid fin-nippers like the tiger barbs.


Special thanks to Sayer for allowing us to use his picture. Other pictures were bought from

Bleeding Heart Tetra Bleeding heart tetra, picture 2 Bleeding heart tetra, picture 3 Bleeding heart tetra, picture 4

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