Red Base Tetra‎ (Hemigrammus stictus)

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Red Base Tetra‎

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Red Base Tetra‎

Hemigrammus stictus

57 Litres (15 US G.)

4-5 cm (1.6-2")




6.0 - 7.0

23 -27 °C (73.4-80.6°F)

8-12 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

5-8 years



Sexing[edit | edit source]

Females are larger and plumper than males.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

A peaceful community fish that should be kept in shoals of 6 or more. Keep with other peaceful community fish.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Will accept most foods but can prove fussy. Feed a mix of pellet and flake as well as live/frozen food such as daphnia and brine shrimp.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Does best in acidic water. Decorate the tank with bogwood and dense planting. Does not like bright lighting

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

An active peaceful shoaling fish.

Identification[edit | edit source]

A small oval-shaped fish with a silver base colour on the body with a black spot just behind the gill plates on either side of the body. The caudal peduncle is bright red, the other fins are translucent. The top half of the iris is red.

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