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Characins - Tetra - Bloodfin tetra
(Aphyocharax anisitsi - bloodfin)

Bloodfin tetra (Aphyocharax anisitsi) > Quick Stats
Scientific Name: Aphyocharax anisitsi
Origin: Argentina, Rio Parana
Adult Size: 2.25
Social: Community
Lifespan: 10+ Years
Tank Level: Smaller
Diet: Smaller Foods
Breeding: Medium
Care: Easy
pH: Slightly Acid (6.6)
Temperature: Range: 64-82 F
Availability: Easy

Diet/Food & Feeding Habits

    Turning on and off aquarium lights tends to blind these fish and cause them to dart around frantically, but they will settle down shortly after.


    Along with the livebearers, gouramis, small sharks, and active tetras are good fits.


    The male is slightly more colorful than the female, has a small hook on the anal fin, and a more slender body. The female is more plump.


    A quite interesting behavior of this fish is that at the moment of spawning, the fish will leap out of the tank and the eggs will fall back into the water.


    Its notable feature (as the name suggest) is the blood red colouration at the tail, dorsal, anal and adipose fin. The Bloodfin Tetra is a more slim-bodied species of tetra. It has body colors ranging from a beige-orange to a silver, picking up some flashy neon highlights.


    Bloodfin Tetras are also more appreciated in the aquarium if the lighting is subdued and dark substrate is used, showing off the fish's colours. A hardy, pretty, and underrated fish. Looks great against a blue background. Sometimes they school and sometimes they explore on their own, at all levels of the tank.

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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.