The Rummynose Tetra originates from South America. It is also known by the common name of the Firehead Tetra.
The Rummynose has a distinctive bright red area around its “nose” and over its eyes. The rest of the
body is a silver/gold color. The caudal fin has horizontal black and white stripes. The red nose will
disappear when the fish is stressed.
The name Rummynose is applied to three species, but for all intents and purposes,
they are indistinguishable. According to Randy Carey, the distinctions are:
Petitella georgiae lacks a black spot at the top of the caudal penduncle, but
has a heavy black line running into the body from the caudal fin.
Hemigrammus Rhodostomus has a lighter black line running into the body from
the caudal fin.
Hemigrammus bleheri has no black running from the tail into the body.
Petitella georgiae is also referred to as the False Rummynose. Hemigrammus
bleheri and Hemigrammus Rhodostomus are both black water fish that prefer soft water.
Rummynose are not a good beginners fish. They are susceptible to disease and
suffer from poor water quality. Rummynose are very active and enjoy schooling in the mid levels
of a tank. They should be kept in groups of at least 6. A well planted tank with low light
levels is recommended. Rummynose eat quality flake foods, spirulina flakes, freeze dried
bloodworms and live foods, such as brine shrimp.
Males will tend to be slimmer and smaller than females, but they are
difficult to distinguish. Rummynose are extremely difficult to breed. Soft water should
be used. A pair should be separated and fed live foods prior to spawning. They will scatter
hundreds of eggs among plants. The parents should be removed after spawning. The fry hatch
after about one day. The fry are very small and will require live artemia brine shrimp.
||23 - 26
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||5.0 - 6.0
||4 cm; 1.5 inches
||3 - 5 years
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