Bleeding Heart Tetra
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Scientific Name: Hyphessobrycon erythrostigma
Origin: Tank raised, species originally from Thailand
- Care Level: Easy
- Temperament: Peaceful
- Lifespan: 3-5 years
- Water Conditions: 72-77° F, KH 4-8, pH 6.0-6.5
- Maximum Size: 2"- 3"
- Diet: Omnivore
- Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons
The Bleeding Heart Tetra has a reddish hue throughout their body, but the distinct, bright red marking behind their gills is what gives them their common name.
They are a hardy species perfect for beginning aquarists, and don't require a large tank to thrive. Driftwood and rocks are both ideal decor items, and they will appreciate live plants to hide amongst. They are peaceful and will do well with a wide variety of tankmates.
They should be given a varied diet that includes both meaty preparations and vegetable matter in the form of live, frozen, pelleted and high quality flake foods.