Garnet tetra - Hemigrammus pulcher
Scientific name: Hemigrammus pulcher
Common name: Garnet tetra
Usual size in fish tanks: 2 - 3 cm (0.79 - 1.18 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 5 - 7
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: Middle levels
Food and feeding
Will accept all foods offered flakes or small pellets. Occasional treats of brine shrimp and bloodworm should be given.
Garnet tetras originate from South America where the live in the upper Amazon basins.
The males tend to be smaller and slimmer than the females.
The eggs will be scattered amongst the plants in the tank. Once the eggs have been laid, the parents should be removed as they will eat them if given the chance. The eggs should hatch after 24 hours and the fry will then stay on the bottom of the tank for 2-3 days. They should be fed on newly hatched brine shrimp.
Expected lifespan is 2 years.
Hemigrammus pulcher are a peaceful fish so should be kept with other peaceful species. As a shoaling fish they should be kept in groups of at least 5 fish. If you do wish to breed these fish then soft, acidic water must be provided.
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