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Characins - Tetra - Bleeding heart tetra
(Hyphessobrycon erythrostigma - spotfin tetra, heart tetra)

Bleeding heart tetra (Hyphessobrycon erythrostigma) > Quick Stats
Scientific Name: Hyphessobrycon erythrostigma
Origin: Peru, Amazon River Basin
Adult Size: 2.5
Social: Community
Lifespan: 5 Years
Tank Level: Smaller
Diet: Smaller Foods
Breeding: Very Hard
Care: Easy
pH: Slightly Acid (6.6)
Temperature: Range: 72-82 F
Availability: Medium


Diet/Food & Feeding Habits

    This fish is somewhat susceptible to velvet disease and Ich. This fish is sensitive to water conditions. Does not usually live more than five years. Requires frequent partial water changes.

Compatibility/Tankmates:

    Bleeding Hearts are generally a peaceful fish but fin nipping may become a problem, Males can be territorial. Keep them in a small school (6 or more) and try not to keep them with fish with larger fins such as angelfish and bettas. They do well in a variety of community tanks, and like most tetras they do best in groups and with bushy plants. Make a great tank mate for corydoras and other bottom dwelling species. They are peaceful when they are surrounded by their own kind with a few exceptions, just like tiger barbs. They are also michevious, nipping at others' tails and entering their territory looking for food.

Sexing:

    Female is more full bodied and the male has a larger dorsal fin.

Breeding/Spawning:

    Hard but not impossible, They have been bred in captivity and are egg layers.

Coloration/Fins:

    They have a splendid body shape and, after a month or two in captivity, their colors get very beautiful, especially when fed (two or three days a week) with frozen brine shrimp. The dorsal fin of the males can become long and flowing. Both sexes have the eye-catching, blood-red spot at the heart area. Both also have the black/white patch on the dorsal fin.

Habitat/Care/Maintenance:

    The Bleeding Heart Tetra or Spotfin Tetra is readily available. It can be obtained from most fish and pet stores, as well as online.

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References/Further Reading

Berra, T. M. 2001. Freshwater Fish Distribution. Academic Press. San Diego, CA
Gery, J. 1977 Characoids of the World. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, NJ. 672 pp.
Hubbs, C. L. and K. F. Lagler. 1947 (and other editions). Fishes of the Great Lakes Region. Cranbrook Institute of Science, Bulletin No. 26.
Moyle, P.B. and J. J. Cech, Jr. 2000. Fishes: An Introduction To Ichthyology, 4th Edition. Prentice Hall, New Jersey.
Myers, G.S. 1972 The Piranha Book: an account of the ill-famed piranha fishes of the rivers of tropical South America. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, NJ. 128 pp.
Nelson, J. S. 1994. Fishes of the World, 3rd edition. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York, New York.
Page, L. M. and B. M. Burr. 1991. Peterson Field Guides: Freshwater Fishes. Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, Mass.
Paxton, J. R. and W. N. Eschmeyer. 1998. Encyclopedia of Fishes. Academic Press, San Diego, CA.
Shulte, W. 1988 Piranhas in the Aquarium. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, NJ. 128 pp.