One of the most common tetras from the Amazon and Orinoco is Hemigrammus bellottii. The species is easily recognizable by the golden longitudinal stripe and the red eye; other pattern elements (tail spot, fin coloration etc.) are usually missing. Only a shoulder spot can be present from time to time – depending on the mood.
Now we have received tetras from Venezuela, which differ in some points from the “normal” H. bellottii. On the one hand dorsal and anal fins show pretty, white seams, the dorsal fin and tail fin have beautiful orange-red color portions and on the other hand a (albeit small) tail spot is present. Possibly our current “bellottii” from Venezuela represent a scientifically not yet recorded species.
For our customers: the animals have code 256033 on our stocklist. Please note that we only supply the wholesale trade.
The common Glowlight Tetra, Hemigrammus erythrozonus, originates from Guyana. The species is very popular in the aquarium hobby. But only few hobbyists know that there does exist a comparatively close relative of the common Glowlight in Colombia and Brazil: the Golden Glowlight, Hemigrammus bellottii. The latter is often found along with the Cardinal (Paracheirodon axelrodi) and it is a very nice contrast fish to the Cardinal in a community tank. Usually the Golden Glowlight is imported only by chance, as a by-catch of the Cardinal. But from time to time we manage to import a larger number of the pretty fish. The fire red upper eye and the golden stripe look very nice in a rather dark equipped tank.
For our customers: the fish have code 256032 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer