Blue Tetra (Boehlkea fredcochui), also known as Cochu’s Blue Tetra, is a tropical fish that is native to the Amazon Basin. Not to be confused with the Blue Tetra (Knodus borki) of Peru, Cochu’s Blue Tetra is found in rivers and streams throughout Colombia and Brazil. The Cochu’s Blue Tetra is a smaller species of …
Bleeding Heart Tetras (Hyphessobrycon Erythrostigma) are a strikingly colored fish. These fish can be identified just by looking at their coloration. Bleeding Heart Tetras have a blood red spot near their pectoral fins, as well as a black and white patch near their dorsal fin. Bleeding Heart Tetras have lighter colored bodies that range in color from orangish-beige to a silvery-lavender shade.
Diamond Tetra (Moenkhausia pittieri) are one of the most alluring species you can have in your aquarium! These fish derive their name from the iridescent shimmer of their scales. When illuminated by natural sunlight, they shine like diamonds! Other names for these flashy fish include Pittier’s Tetra and Diamond Characin.
The Red Phantom Tetra (Hyphessobrycon Sweglesi) is a beautifully vivid, fish that is recommended for aquarists of all experience levels. They are shoaling fish that lives peacefully in community tanks. Part of their scientific name comes from Kyle Swegles, an American aquarist who was known for collecting this species of fish. The Red Phantom Tetra …
The Silvertip Tetra (Hasemania Nana) is a small fish that originates from South America. They are named after their unique fins that have silver coloration at the tip. They are also known as the Copper Tetras in the aquarium hobby. Through their yellow bodies, a black stripe extends from their belly to the end of …
Black Skirt Tetras (Gymnocorymbus ternetzi) are a species of freshwater fish native to the waters of South America. Within South America, they’re commonly found in bodies of water in Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, and the Paraguay and Guapore River basins. Black skirt tetras can go by several different names, and some of them are Petticoat Tetra, Blackamoor, and Black Widow Tetra. Unlike their relatives, Black Skirt Tetras aren’t colorful fish. Towards the front of their body, they have a silver coloration. Towards the back of their body, they have a dark coloration. While they do not bright colors on their body, they are beautiful fish and remain just as popular as other tetras.
Congo Tetra (Phenacogrammus interruptus) is a common freshwater aquarium fish that is relatively easy to care for. They were discovered in 1949 in the Congo River basin, as their name suggests. In the wild, they live in small streams, ponds, and marshes. They are schooling fish that congregate in enormous numbers. This schooling behavior can be observed in an aquarium as well, creating a stunning focal point in the tank.
Rummy Nose Tetra (Hemigrammus bleheri) is a tropical freshwater fish native to South America. This fish can be found in Rio Negro in Brazil and Rio Vaupes in Columbia. The Rummy Nose Tetra has many nicknames such as Fire Head Tetra, Red Nose Tetra, and Brilliant Rummy Nose Tetra. This iridescent fish is playful with their tank mates which makes them a great addition to an aquarium and is so fun to watch.
The Payara Fish (Hydrolycus scomberoides), also known as Vampire Tetra, is an aggressive, predatory species of dogtooth tetra that can be found swimming in the tropical waters of the Amazon Basin, actively hunting for its next meal.
Payara fish belong to the Dogtooth Characins family and are not to be confused with the similar Hydrolycus armatus. Payara fry are born with gaps in their upper jaw to accommodate their razor-sharp fangs, that juts out menacingly and can reach up to six inches long.