Inpaichthys sp. “Red Eye”

24. November 2023

It’s amazing how many new and extraordinarily beautiful tetra species have appeared in recent years. Among them is an Inpaichthys species that has not yet been scientifically recognized and is referred to as the “Red Eye” by those who catch it. The I. sp. “Red Eye” differs from the well-known king tetra (I. kerri) not only by its red eye but also by its bright orange fins and a differently structured flank band.

It is important to know that the I. sp. “Red Eye” is a naturally occurring species and not a cultivated form. Due to the high price, some professional breeders could be tempted to acquire only one or a few specimens and then cross these with I. kerri in order to obtain I. sp. “Red Eye” at low cost by backcrossing with the parents. In the long term, this would lead to the aquaristic extinction of the pure species, as has unfortunately already happened in the past with zebrafish (Danio rerio) and white clouds (Tanichthys albonubes) and some other species. We therefore strongly advise against such cross-breeding experiments!

We can now offer a few German offspring of Inpaichthys sp. “Red Eye” for the first time. Our breeders are conscientious aquarists who run no risk of cross-breeding.

For our customers: the animals have code 264788 on our stocklist. Please note that we only supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer