Hemigrammus rubrostriatus

4. April 2024

In the past, we were only able to present this beautiful tetra, which was only scientifically described in 2015, as a rare by-catch (e.g. https://www.aquariumglaser.de/en/09-characoids-tetra-relationship/hemigrammus-rubrostriatus/). However, we are now able to import these beautiful fish from Venezuela on a regular basis, as we have done again recently. The approximately 4-5 cm long animals are fully grown and fully colored. They are certainly among the most beautiful of all small tetras. The tail pattern with the blood-red fluorescent spot is reminiscent of the well-known head-and-tail-lights (Hemigrammus ocellifer and H. falsus), the wonderful red longitudinal stripe is in no way inferior to that of Hyphessobrycan amapaensis and the yellow belly shines like that of the kitty tetra, Hyphessobrycon heliacus. It also has pretty red and white markings on its fins. You could be forgiven for thinking that this fish was designed as an ideal ornamental fish!

In terms of care, Hemigrammus rubrostriatus, for which we suggest the common name „Redstriped Tetra“, is no different from the members of its genus that have been firmly established as aquarium fish for almost a century. They are peaceful social fish that prefer to move around in a group with their own kind. The water composition is of secondary importance for their care, any drinking water is suitable, but soft, slightly acidic water and the addition of humic substances from leaves, peat, alder cones, roots, etc. will enhance their coloration.

For our customers: the fish have code 257473 on our stock list. Please note that we only supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer