Red Eye Tetra ( Moenkhausia sanctaefilomenae)
Grows to: 2.75"
Hobbyist Level: A hardy fish suitable for beginners.
How Many? They are a schooling fish that should be be purchased in groups of 4 or more. Six or more is best.
Housing: Provide plenty of swimming room as well as some bushy plants for hiding. They look good with a dark substrate. They swim in the middle region of the tank. They enjoy a healthy water current. Minimum tank size is about 20 gallons. (Temperature- 72-80), (pH 5.8-8.5)
Tank mates: They are peaceful fish that should be kept with other peaceful fish of similar size.
Feeding: They will accept a variety of foods. Feed flakes, along with brine shrimp and frozen foods. Tetras will show their best color after you have owned it for a few months and have given them a good diet. They are an omnivore.
Natural Habitat: Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, & Peru. Fish sold at Elmer's are domestically raised.
Males and Females: Females may appear more round bodied when plump with eggs.