View Full Version : Red Eye Tetra's?
01-26-2008, 01:46 AM
ok im new to all this aquarium stuff. and upon researching the fish i bought im left scratching my head. heres what i got.
4 of what the pet store calls "Red Eyed Tetra's" but i cant find out any info on them on the web. They are a small fish about an inch long, and flatter than a neon tetra with a black spot on the base of the tail and bright red eyes of course. I realy like these guys and plan on getting some more. Does anyone have any recommendations on how many i should keep together? and what other fish they may get along with?
I also bought 2 "Blue Tetra's" but the pictures of Blue Tetra's online look nothing like what i have. Again they are small silvery fish shaped like my red eyes but smaller, about 3/4'' and they have a light blue neon like stripe on the top of there bodies along the dorsal fin. They also have a red tint to their fins which is more prominent on their tail. If you know what i have that would be great. and like above how many fish should i keep together, and what other fish they will get along with?
01-26-2008, 01:50 AM
Red Eye Tetra is the Moenkhausia sanctaefilomenae if you google under the latin name you should find it... it is also the fish that you are using in your avater ;)
The Blue Tetra is the Boehlkea fredcochui again just copy & paste the latin name and see if it is right.
They are both peaceful tetra's - Tetra's are schooling fish and should ideally not be kept in groups less than 6.
How big is your tank?
01-26-2008, 01:52 AM
red eyes so very cool i have 5 in my 3ft, if you check my sig you can see some of the breeds i keep with them, red eyes are egg layers and sexing them is hard as far as i know, they will lay their eggs on the bottom of plants, they grow to about 1 inch, so not big at all though they can get fat, due to the feeding, they eat flake but do enjoy the odd blood worm
they are a non agressive fish that can easily be adapted to a community tank with most of the smaller breeds
hope this helps
01-26-2008, 01:56 AM
There are two Red-Eye Tetras on the marketplace; Moenkhausia oligolepis and M. sanctaefilomenae. The former is larger, about five inches, and aggressive unless in schools of at least 12, the other is smaller, about three inches, and has scales strongly edged in brown. They are better, and you can keep them in schools of six or more no problem.
I'd have to see a photo of that other tetra, as there are about three that are about that description.
01-26-2008, 04:35 PM
my tanks a 20 gal at the moment, but my uncle's giving me his old 50 gal so when i get that up and running they will be in there right now there are 6 neon's and 3 zebra danios in there also along with 2 albino corey cats along with the 4 red eyes and 4 blue tetras. should these guys be ok together? I wanted to add some more when i get the bigger tank up and running that are peaceful and colorful. any suggestions? i was looking at some Dwarf Gourami (Colisa lalia) or Flame Dwarf Gourami how bout these guys?
I looked at the Boehlkea fredcochui on google and that is not what i have these guys are. They are small silvery fish shaped like my red eyes but smaller i.e. flatter and broader than my Neon Tetras, about 3/4'' and they have a light blue neon like stripe on the top of there bodies along the dorsal fin. They also have a red tint to their fins which is more prominent on their tail.
Posting a picture will allow us to definitively identify your mystery fish. Your stocking is fine, but I would add more corys once you get the 50. Corys are schoolers and really liven up when in larger groups.
01-26-2008, 05:04 PM
ok ill post a pic tonight when my girlfriend gives me my camera back
01-26-2008, 05:14 PM
while looking online at all the different tetra species they look the most like the Colombian tetra Hyphessobrycon columbianus but they are not as vividly colored.
Colombian tetra Hyphessobrycon columbianus
01-26-2008, 05:24 PM
is this what you have?If so,its a diamond tetra,moenkhausia pittieri .
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