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Dash-dot tetra - Hemigrammus bellottii

Dash-dot tetra - Hemigrammus bellottii

Scientific name: Hemigrammus bellottii

Common name: Dash-dot tetra

Family: Characidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 3 - 4 cm (1.18 - 1.57 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 6.2 - 7.1

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 5 - 17°N (89.29 - 303.57ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 24 - 26 °C (75.2 - 78.8°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: Middle levels

Food and feeding

These tetras will eat all foods offered. Use a quality flake to provide the staple diet but add treats of live or frozen foods to keep them in condition. Dash-dot tetras will accept brine shrimp, bloodworms, and white worms with vigour.


South America; Dash-dot tetra is found in the Negro and Maroni River Basins.


Males tend to be more slender than the females. When ripe, the females may have a swollen belly.


Use a heavily planted tank with subdued lighting. Soft, acidic water must be used and slightly raise the temperature. The parents will normally spawn at day break and scatter the eggs around the tank. The parents must be removed after spawning as they will attempt to eat the eggs. After 24 hours, the eggs will hatch and 3-4 days later the fry will be free swimming. Feed the fry with newly hatched brine shrimp or crushed flake.


The expected life span for Hemigrammus bellottii is 2-4 years.

Short description

Always keep Hemigrammus bellottii in small groups, they are a peaceful species and will do well in a community set up.


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