Red Eye Tetra (Moenkhausia sanctaefilomenae) Fish Species Profile
The red-eye tetra is an easy species to keep and adds a touch of elegance in a community aquarium with its metallic colour, dynamic energy, and signature red eye. It grows to just 2 inches and has large scales. They are tough enough to be indecisive, and big enough not to get eaten by other species with a largemouth. You will see these moving in small troops, six or more is ideal, and they hang around near the surface under floating plants.
|Scientific Name||Moenkhausia sanctaefilomenae|
|Other Names||Yellow-banded moenkhausia, yellowback moenkhausia, yellowhead tetra, lamp eye tetra.|
|Origins||South America, Brazil|
|Aquarium Level||Middle - Top|
|Best kept as||Groups 5+|
|Lifespan||3 - 5 years|
|Maximum Size||up to 7 cm|
|Temperature||75 - 85 ℉ (23.9 - 29.4 ℃)|
|PH||5.5 - 8.5|
|GH||5 - 20|
|KH||4 - 8|
|TDS||100 - 200|
Red-eye tetras are found in South America in Paraguay, Eastern Peru, Eastern Bolivia, and Western Brazil. In the wild, they inhabit pure flowing clear waters or big rivers, but you can sometimes find them living in tributaries so that they can feed in the thick vegetation of the murky Amazon.
Red-eye tetras will eat a variety of different foods
you can feed them small granules, flake food, frozen or live brine shrimp, daphnia, tubifex, and freeze-dried or frozen bloodworms.
You should regularly introduce vegetables as this will keep them healthy and will bring out their best colours and make them more appealing.