Rummy Nose Tetra are freshwater fish from the Characidae family that comes from the river Rio-Vaupes, Columbia, and the Rui Negro River in Brazil. Rummy Nose Tetras also inhabits Amazon river tributaries sharing its room with other tetras and non-aggressive fish. The fish was described first by Géry and Mahnert in 1986.
Technically speaking, there are three types of fish called the Rummy Nose Tetra. The primary species (scientifically known as the Hemigrammus rhodostomus) is the true Rummy Nose Tetra. Other varieties, such as the Hemigrammus bleheri and Petitella georgiae, look very similar. In fact, most seasoned breeders wouldn’t even be able to tell them apart!
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Hemigrammus bleheri (Also known as The Brilliant Rummy Nose Tetra or The Common Rummy Nose Tetra) Petitella georgiae (The False Rummy Nose Tetra) All three species are native to South America where they live in the Amazon River (each species occupies a different region).
A hobby classic, the Rummynose Tetra has been popular with generations of aquarium keepers due to its high contrast coloration, peaceful nature, and active schooling behavior. In the wild, they are found in the Orinoco drainage in Colombia, Venezuela, and Brazil, typically in large shoals in shallow, flooded forest habitat. This species is one of several closely related and extremely similar species collectively known as Rummynose Tetra in the hobby, with Hemigrammus bleheri coming from the ...
The rummy nose tetra is native to South America’s Amazon River and tributaries. These waters are warm and soft (lacking heavy minerals), have a moderate current, and are slightly acidic. The riverbeds are soft and sandy, with ample rocks and sticks along the bottom.
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The Rummy-Nose Tetra gets its name from the red blushing nose and face. This species is often confused with H. bleheri, which has a more silver body with no black stripe entering the body from the tail. A peaceful fish that will be a good addition to any community aquarium.
The rummy nose tetra is a very small fish, usually not growing to more than 2.5 inches long, although the common runny nose tetra (AKA Brilliant runny nose tetra) may only grow to 2 inches in length. These fish feature interesting colors and patterns, often having plain silver bodies with silver-brown backs, whitetails with black stripes, and a red face.
The Rummy Nose Tetra is a popular choice for live plant keepers and Discus fish keepers. The rummy nose tetra is very peaceful and can make excellent community tank mates if housed with similar sized and non-aggressive species.