Red eyed tetra - Moenkhausia sanctaefilomenae
Scientific name: Moenkhausia sanctaefilomenae
Common name: Red eyed tetra
Usual size in fish tanks: 5 - 7 cm (1.97 - 2.76 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 5.6 - 8.2
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 18°N (71.43 - 321.43ppm)
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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
Like most tetras, these fish will accept all foods but to keep them in top condition offer some live of frozen foods as a supplement.
Red eyed tetras can be found in Bolivia, Peru, Paraguay, and Brazil.
Females tend to be larger than the males with a more rounded abdomen.
Floating plants added to the breeding tank will often induce the spawning as the females may lay their eggs in them. Once the eggs are laid, remove the parents or the eggs will be eaten. After 2 days the fry should emerge, and once free swimming they can be fed on crushed flake and newly hatched brine shrimp.
Expected lifespan is 5 years.
The red eye tetras are excellent beginners’ fish and will do well in most community tanks. They are best kept in groups where they will swim as a shoal in the middle of the tank.
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