Black Wedge Tetra (Hemigrammus pulcher)

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Black Wedge Tetra

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Black Wedge Tetra

Hemigrammus pulcher

57 Litres (15 US G.)

3-4 cm (1.2-1.6")

sg

Freshwater

pH

5.0 - 6.0

23 -27 °C (73.4-80.6°F)

5-12 °d

1:2 M:F

Omnivore
Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

5-8 years

Family

Characidae



Additional names

Black Wedge Tetra, Garnet Tetra, Pretty Tetra


Origin

Sexing

Mature females are larger than males.

Tank compatibility

A peaceful shoaling fish, keep in groups of 6 or more. Do not keep with larger predatory fish, other peaceful community fish are fine.

Diet

Will accept most foods including pellet and flake as well as live/frozen food such as brine shrimp and daphnia.

Feeding regime

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment Specifics

Prefers a spacious tank with hiding places and dense planting as well as open swimming space. Should be kept in acidic soft water.

Behaviour

A peaceful shoaling fish.

Identification

Similar in body shape to the Serpae Tetra, the body ranges in colour, depending on the light, from violet to copper. The belly is lighter in colour, sometimes yellow. Just behind the gill cover, there is a shiny copper marking. The upper part of the iris is red and the mouth is turned upwards. The fins are transparent. Near the base of the tail is a copper coloured line that extends midway across the body, below this is a thick black band.

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