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Rummy Nose Terta

Updated on February 25, 2011

About the species

Level: Intermediate Beginner

Hemigrammus rhodostomus

The Right home: Rummy Nose Tetras must be in a school of 6 or more to keep them happy. They enjoy well planted aquariums, ans space in the middle to swim. I reccomend a 20+ gallon tank (the bigger the better, though). They are very peaceful and can live with other fish. They should be kept in a temperature of 75-78 degrees Farenheit.

Food: Rummy Nose tetraswill eat most aquarium foods avaliable, but should be fed fish flakes daily. Feed them as much as they will consume in about 2-3 minutes. Also, consider giving them blood worms as a treat.

Expiriences: Wonderful Fish! They school Very tight and look great in a community aquarium. They are so peaceful and will live with about everything. They are very sensitive to water change, so be careful there and maintain a stable aquarium.

Looks: Rummy noses have a red nose (notice their name) and their tail fin is horizontally striped black and white on top of a basic silver body. They are a torpedo shaped fish and can grow from 5cm to 2in. Females may have a bigger stomach during breeding season, but otherwise Females and males look the same.

Breeding: Theese fish only breed in soft water, a bit warmer temperatures, and they are very hard to breed. They will scatter the eggs at the bottom of the aquarium. You should remove the adult fish after they breed. the fry hatch in a couple of days after that.

Warning: Theese fish may eat small leafed plants.

Rummy nose tetras are unique and cute!
Rummy nose tetras are unique and cute! | Source

History and where to buy

Rummy nose tetras originate from the Amazon Basin. They are not usually found in big commercial pet stores. Your best bet in finding them is to go to a privately owned pet store. You can also find theese fish under the name of "firehead tetra." There are three different species of Rummy Nose tetra, but they generally look the same and have the same care needs.


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      Derdriu 6 years ago

      FishAreFriends, What a helpful, practical, useful summary of the successful finding and raising of the rummy nose terta! In particular, you do a great job of quickly describing what the would-be owner needs to know about the fish's look and needs.

      Thank you for sharing,