Bleeding Heart Tetra
Hyphessobrycon erythrostigma

Care Level




Reef Compatible


Plant Safe


Max Size

2" - 5"

Minimum Tank Size

20 gallon


Black, Red, Silver, White



Water Conditions

Acidic (5.6-7.2 pH), soft water (3 to 12 dGH), 72 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit


General: The Bleeding Heart Tetra (Hyphessobrycon erythrostigma) has a lifespan of up to ten years and will reach a size of three inches. They should be in a tank of fifteen gallons or larger. In some cases, they can be a fin-nipper and will do best in schools of six or more and will usually be willing to shoal with other varieties of larger-bodied tetra.

Fecundity (Reproduction): A healthy female can produce up to 2,000 adhesive eggs. They prefer to spawn in vegetative matter, with a water temperature of 70-79 degrees Fahrenheit.

Habitat: Found in Columbia and Peru, the Bleeding Heart Tetra (Hyphessobrycon erythrostigma) has adapted to slower-moving lakes and streams. Typically, this species will be found near a dropoff (change in depth), near shore, with woody debris.

Preferred Water Chemistry: Soft (3 to 12 dGH), and acidic (5.6 to 7.2 pH)

Aquarium Diet: Brine Shrimp, baby brine shrimp, blackworms, bloodworms, insects, chopped lettuce

Dimorphism: Differentiate between genders by observing the shape of the anal and dorsal fins. The male will have elongated anal and dorsal fins. The female will have short anal and dorsal fins.

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Author: Aquatics Unlimited