The handsome red-backed bleeding heart tetra of the bleeding heart tetra group (three scientifically known species to date) is the most recently discovered, and was only described by Burgess in 1993. The males having elongated dorsal fins and a very handsome and conspicuous red dorsal, less pronounced also the females.
A successful breeding has not been reported so far, but wild caught animals, which, as far as we know, come from the Rio Erere, a tributary of the Rio Negro (Brazil), have been regularly offered to us for more than 25 years now. The conspicuous coloring comes however only with attitude in softer, easily sour water and indirect lighting to the full validity, in the dealer tank one can the beauty of these animals unfortunately frequently only guess.
For our customers: the animals have code 261655 on our stock list. Please note that we supply only wholesale.
Text: Peter & Martin Hoffmann, photos: Frank Schäfer