Arnoldichthys spilopterus

17. June 2013

The African Red Eye Tetra belongs to the very few species of tetra from Africa that are always available in the trade. This is due to the facts that Arnoldichthys is a very colourful fish and keeping the species is pretty easy.

Recently we received a shipment of extraordinary splendid specimens from Nigeria. The fish are so colorful that even our staff in the fishhouse often stopped in front of the tanks to watch the animals.

Maximum size of Arnoldichthys spilopterus is around 8 – 10 cm. Females, as a rule, become larger than males in this species. One can distinguish the sexes in the red eye tetra very easy due to the different coloration of the anal fin, which is beautiful red striped in males only. One should keep Arnoldichthys always in schools of 10-15 animals at least.

Water chemistry is of lesser interest, with the exception that there should be as little organic pollution as possible in the water. Water temperature should be between 22 and 26°C. Red eye tetras feed readily on any usual fish food. Plants and other fish are ignored, the letter, however, should not be too small.

For our customers: the fish have code 100204 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Lexicon: Arnoldichthys: dedication name for the eminent German aquarist Johann Paul Arnold (1869 – 1952). spilopterus: means “with spot in the fin”.

Common name: African red eye tetra

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Angaben zum Tier
Herkunft Nigeria
Verfügbare Größe in cm 6-7