Red Base Tetra (Hemigrammus Stictus) Fish Species Profile
The Red Base Tetra is an active, peaceful shoaling fish and will thrive in a community aquarium as long as it is not kept with very boisterous or much larger tankmates.
This Tetra is a small oval-shaped fish with a golden-silver body which displays a big black dot just behind the gill plates on either side of their body. The caudal peduncle is bright red, and the rest of the fins are translucent in colour. The top half of the iris is a red colour.
|Scientific Name||Hemigrammus Stictus|
|Other Names||Bloodtail Tetra|
|Difficulty||Beginner - Intermediate|
|Best kept as||Groups 6+|
|Lifespan||5 - 8 years|
|Maximum Size||up to 4.5 cm|
|Temperature||73 - 79 ℉ (22.8 - 26.1 ℃)|
|PH||6.2 - 7.2|
|GH||8 - 12|
|TDS||71 - 375|
Red Base Tetras can be found in Amazon, Negro, and Orinoco River basins, and coastal rivers in Venezuela, Guyana and Colombia in Brazil in South America
They inhabit slow-moving rivers, tributaries and floodplain lakes.
The Red Base Tetra will accept most foods you give them but can prove a bit picky sometimes. Feed them with flakes, granules and pellets as their primary diet and then live or frozen foods such as daphnia, brine shrimp or similar as supplements to give them the best health and colour.