Rummy Nose Tetra
Updated August 5, 2019
Author: Mike - FishLore Admin
The Rummy Nose Tetra is a popular choice for live plant keepers and Discus fish keepers. The rummy nose tetra is very peaceful and can make excellent community tank mates if housed with similar sized and non-aggressive species.
The do best in schools of 6 or more and may stress if not provided with hiding places and aquarium plants (plastic or real). They have a red colored nose and it can be quite striking to see a school of them swimming around a tank.
This is one of three species that can be easily mis-identified because they all look very similar. There is the True Rummy Nose (Hemigrammus bleheri), the Rummy Nose Tetra (Hemigrammus rhodostomus) and the False Rummy Nose (Petitella georgiae). The H. rhodostomus and P. georgiae grow to about 3 inches (8 cm) whereas the H. bleheri only reaches about 2 inches (5 cm). The H. bleheri will also have more red coloration on the head and appear thinner than the other species.
For fish food, they are omnivorous so try to give them a varied diet. They will accept flakes, frozen, freeze dried and smaller live foods.
Rummynose Tetra Care Details
Scientific Name : Hemigrammus bleheri
Common Names : Brilliant Rummy Nose Tetra, Firehead Tetra, Red Nose Tetra
Care Level : Easy to Moderate and can be fairly hardy if acclimated properly. Be careful during water changes to avoid extreme fluctuations in water parameters like pH, salinity and temperature.
Size : 2 inches (5 cm)
pH : 5.5 - 7.0
Temperature : 72°F - 80°F (22°C - 27°C)
Lifespan : 3 - 5 years
Origin / Habitat : South America, Amazon River. Rio Negro floodplain, central Amazonia
Temperament / Behavior : Very peaceful and should be kept in a small school (shoal) of 6 or more.
Breeding : They have been bred in captivity and are egg layers. Requires water on the acidic side of the scale.
Aquarium Size : 20 gallon minimum (keep in small schools)
Tank Mates : A very peaceful fish thats best kept in a small school. Try not to keep them with aggressive fish or fish large enough to eat them such as angelfish and Silver Dollar. Often kept with Discus.
Fish Disease : Freshwater Fish Disease
Diet / Foods : An omnivore - provide a varied diet with live food, frozen food and should accept flake food.
Tank Region : Middle to bottom
Gender : Can be hard to determine, female may be more full bodied
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Rummy Nose Tetra Comments
|From: Dave Shultz|
These fish do best in discus tanks with temperatures around 84 degrees F.
I was shocked when I found my rummys schooling with my neons! It is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen!
|From: Chris Ramo|
I currently have 4 of these and they are delightful. Extremely peaceful and do enjoy to stay in a certain area in a tank, with no agression involved what so ever
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