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The Bleeding Heart Tetra, scientifically known as Hyphessobrycon erythrostigma, is a stunning and popular freshwater fish species that brings a touch of elegance and vibrant coloration to community aquariums. With its striking appearance and peaceful demeanor, the Bleeding Heart Tetra is a true gem that will enhance the beauty and serenity of your aquatic environment.


The Bleeding Heart Tetra showcases a captivating color pattern, featuring a silver body adorned with a bright red or pink blotch on its chest, resembling a "bleeding heart." This distinctive marking gives the fish its name and creates a visually captivating and dynamic display in planted or community aquariums. These tetras are known for their peaceful and social nature, often seen swimming in schools.


These fish are best kept in groups of five or more to encourage their natural schooling behavior, which enhances their well-being and creates a visually stunning display. They are generally peaceful and make excellent tankmates for a variety of community fish species.


Caring for the Bleeding Heart Tetra involves creating a stable environment with appropriate water parameters. They thrive in freshwater with specific requirements, including stable temperature, pH, and water hardness levels. A well-planted aquarium with open swimming areas will provide them with the ideal habitat. Their diet should consist of high-quality flake foods, pellets, and occasional live or frozen foods for variety.


Water Parameters:

  • Temperature: 72-78°F (22-26°C)
  • pH: 6.0-7.5
  • Water Hardness (GH): 2-15 dGH


Please note that these are general guidelines, and for more accurate values, we encourage you to contact Living Aquarium by phone or in person. Our team of experts is always happy to provide personalized guidance and answer any questions you may have about the care of the Bleeding Heart Tetra.

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