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Redback bleeding heart tetra - Hyphessobrycon pyrrhonotus

Redback bleeding heart tetra - Hyphessobrycon pyrrhonotus

Scientific name: Hyphessobrycon pyrrhonotus

Common name: Redback bleeding heart tetra

Family: Characidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 4 - 5 cm (1.57 - 1.97 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 6.3 - 7.6

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 6 - 15°N (107.14 - 267.86ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 23 - 28 °C (73.4 - 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: Top levels

Food and feeding

Feed Redback bleeding heart tetras with a quality flake or small pellets for the staple diet. They will relish treats of blood worms or brine shrimp twice weekly.


South America; Redback bleeding heart tetras are to be found in the Amazonian River Basins.


Males will have extended dorsal and anal fins. The males will also display a more intense colouration.


This species of tetras have not been reported as being successful at breeding in the aquarium. In the wild they are believed to be egg scatterers.


The expected life span of Hyphessobrycon pyrrhonotus is 3-5 years.

Short description

Hyphessobrycon pyrrhonotus prefer softer water conditions and can be demanding on water quality. Always use excellent filtration in the tank. They are best kept in small groups and ensure that their tank mates are peaceful as this species of tetras can easily be stressed.


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