Hyphessobrycon: Greek, hyphesson, -on, -on = a little smaller + Greek, bryko = to bite.
Hyphessobrycon erythrostigma is a reliably peaceful species and good community fish in a well established aquarium. With good care you can expect a life span of around five years. To see these fish at their best use a dark substrate and subdued lighting, decorate the tank with bogwood roots or branches and leave some open swimming space. As with most other tetras Hyphessobrycon erythrostigma is a shoaling species and they appreciate being kept in a group of five or more. Try if possible to keep more females than males.
Wild Hyphessobrycon erythrostigma feed on worms, crustaceans and plants. In captivity they relish lots of live or frozen food and a good quality flake food which will ensure a balanced diet. Their colours will be seen at their best when a varied diet is offered.
Mature male Hyphessobrycon erythrostigma are larger and have more vibrant colours than the females. Mature males also have extended dorsal and anal fins.
There are no confirmed reports about Hyphessobrycon erythrostigma being bred in the home aquaria.
The status of wild populations of Hyphessobrycon erythrostigma have not been evaluated but the fish is commercially bred in large numbers.
pH: 5.6 - 7.2
dGH: 2 - 12
Temperature: 23 - 28°C (74 - 82°F)
Size: 6cm (2.5in)
Min tank size: 100 litres
Difficulty level: Easy
Aquarium type: Community
Swimming level: Middle
Origin: South America: Upper Amazon River basin
Habitat: Sluggish rivers and stream, also found in lakes. Usually close to fallen branches in both black water and white water.
Species: H. erythrostigma
Bleeding heart tetra
Synonyms: Hemigrammus erythrostigma, Hyphessobrycon rubrostigma