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Hemigrammus aereus

Hemigrammus aereus

Scientific name: Hemigrammus aereus

Common name: N/A

Family: Characidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 2 - 3 cm (0.79 - 1.18 inch)

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Recommended pH range for the species: 6.3 - 7.1

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 6 - 14°N (107.14 - 250ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 23 - 26 °C (73.4 - 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: Top levels

Food and feeding

Any foods offered to Hemigrammus aereus will be accepted. Quality flakes should be used for the staple diet, treats of bloodworms, brine shrimp and daphnia will be readily accepted.

Origin

South America; Hemigrammus aereus are found in the water ways of Guyana.

Sexing

Males tend to be smaller and have a more slender outline than the females.

Breeding

Hemigrammus aereus can be difficult to breed, provide them with a well planted tank and subdued lighting. The water should be soft and slightly acidic, raising the temperature will aid in spawning. Once the eggs have been laid, remove the parents as they are renowned egg eaters. The eggs should hatch after 24 hours and a few days later, the fry will be free swimming. They can be fed on newly hatched brine shrimp or crushed flake.

Lifespan

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

Short description

Hemigrammus aereus are definitely a peaceful species; they make an ideal candidate for a community tank. Using a dark substrate will help them to display their best colouration.

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