Red-Eyed Tetra (Moenkhausia Sanctaefilomenae)
The Red-Eyed Tetra (Moenkhausia Sanctaefilomenae) is a captivating and peaceful freshwater fish, known for its striking red eyes and shimmering silver body. Its unique appearance and easygoing nature make it a popular choice for community aquariums. Native to the Paraguay and Guaporé River basins in South America, Red-Eyed Tetras thrive in well-planted tanks with plenty of hiding spaces.
Featuring a sleek, silver body with a black tail stripe and a bright red ring around the eyes, the Red-Eyed Tetra adds a touch of elegance to any aquarium. Adult Red-Eyed Tetras grow to about 2.5 inches in length, with a slightly taller body compared to other tetras.
These sociable fish are schooling by nature and should be kept in groups of at least 6 to maintain a sense of security and encourage their natural behaviors. Red-Eyed Tetras prefer swimming in the middle of the aquarium, making them suitable companions for a variety of peaceful species.
Tank Habitat and Care:
Caring for Red-Eyed Tetras is relatively easy, making them suitable for beginners and experienced aquarists alike. A minimum tank size of 20 gallons is recommended, with a larger community aquarium being ideal. Ensure the aquarium has dense vegetation, driftwood, and subdued lighting to mimic their natural habitat.
As omnivores, Red-Eyed Tetras require a varied diet consisting of high-quality flake or pellet foods, along with occasional live or frozen foods such as daphnia, bloodworms, or brine shrimp to ensure proper nutrition.
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