Bleeding Heart Tetra
The Bleeding Heart Tetra comes from the Upper Amazon of South America. It was formerly known
by the scientific name Hyphessobrycon rubrostigma. The Bleeding Heart has a silver/pink
tone to the body and has more height than many tetras. Its distinguishing feature is a
red spot on the mid line just forward of the beginning of the dorsal fin – the “heart”.
The Bleeding Heart is active and will appreciate open swimming areas. It will also
appreciate the company of other Bleeding Hearts. The tank should be dimly lit, which
can be accomplished through plants and dark substrate. The water should be soft and
acidic, with good filtration. They will eat flake foods, tubifex, freeze dried bloodworms
and brine shrimp. A varied diet can enhance coloring.
Males have a slightly more concave dorsal fin and females will be larger and broader
when ready to spawn. Similar to Black Phantoms, the males will
turn darker and dance around each other at unusual angles to establish territories.
Breeding in captivity is not documented.
||22 - 28
C; 72 - 82 F
||6.0 - 8.0
- 10 years
||Difficult, Egg Layer
Corydoras Catfish, Danios, Mollies, Platies, Plecostomus,
Silver Hatchet, Swordtails, Tetras