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October 24: Arrival of New Fresh Water Fish.

October 24: Arrival of New Marine Water Fish.


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Fire Head Tetra

Fire Head Tetra

Scientific Name: Hemigrammus bleheri

Price: Upon Request

Origin: South America

Family: Characidae


Other Names: Firehead Tetra, Red Nose Tetra, Brilliant rummy nose



Technical Info

Temperature: 24 - 28 ℃

pH: 6.3 - 6.7

GH: 4 - 8

Max size: 4 cm

Min Tank size: 50 Ltr

Position in Aqua: Middle swimmer



A striking little fish with a silver body, black and white barred tail and a vivid red nose, giving the fish it's common name. Can be easily mistaken for Hemigrammus rhodostomus, the H.rhodostomus is slightly larger in length. The species may be marketed under the same common name. Also H. Bleheri can be distinguished from H.rhodostomus by its red 'nose' markings extending past the gill plate, whilst they do not on H.rhodostomus or Petitella georgiae. It is not easy to keep this fish healthy, because they need a very good water quality. They are very sensitive to nitrates. The water should be changed very often. It is a schooling fish. The aquarium should be well planted. You should use dimmed light and floating plants to bring out the colours of the fish.



Omnivorous, flakes, frozen, freeze dried and smaller live foods.



Breeding is very difficult. The water should be extremely soft and acid. They spawn in a school between fine leaved plants. The parents eat their eggs so they should be removed after spawning. The eggs hatch after 36 hours and the young fishes are swimming free after 4 days. They are very small so you should feed them very fine infusoria.


Compatible with

Blind Cave Tetra, Buenos Aires Tetra, Corydoras Catfish, Dwarf Gourami, Dwarf Neon Rainbow, Featherfin Squeaker, Flying Fox, Glass Catfish, GloFish, Kuhli Loach, Molly, Otto Catfish, Penguin Tetra, Platy, Pleco (Common), Sailfin Molly, Serpae Tetra, Silver Hatchetfish, Silver Tip Tetra, Swordtail, Upsidedown Catfish, Zebra Danio



The female is plumper than the male.