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Rummy Nose Tetra (Hemigrammus bleheri),

Rummy Nose Tetra (Hemigrammus bleheri),

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Overview of Rummy Nose Tetra (Hemigrammus bleheri)

Common Names: Rummy Nose Tetra, Firehead Tetra

Scientific Name: Hemigrammus bleheri

Native Location: South America

Climate: Tropical

Size: 1 - 1.5 inches (2.5 - 3.8 cm)

Temperament: Peaceful

Diet: Omnivore

Breeding: Moderate

Temperature Range: 64° - 82° F (18° - 27.7° C)

Preferred pH Range: 5.5 - 7.0

Minimum Aquarium Size: 10 gallons

Potential Tankmates: Small, peaceful fish, adult dwarf shrimp, larger peaceful invertebrates

Care Level: Easy


The Rummy Nose Tetra (Hemigrammus bleheri) is a striking and popular schooling fish in the aquarium hobby, known for its distinctive red-orange nose and horizontally striped black and white tail. These features, along with their peaceful nature, make them an excellent addition to nano and planted tanks.

Physical Characteristics

Rummy Nose Tetras are small fish that typically grow to an adult size of 1 to 1.5 inches. Their most notable features are the bright red-orange coloration on their noses and the black and white horizontal stripes on their tails, making them highly visible and attractive in any aquarium setting.

Behavior and Compatibility

Rummy Nose Tetras are peaceful schooling fish that thrive in groups of six or more. They typically occupy the top and middle levels of the water column but can be seen swimming and feeding in all levels of the tank. They are suitable for community aquariums with other small, peaceful fish and larger peaceful invertebrates. While they can coexist with adult dwarf shrimp, they may prey on smaller shrimp and their fry.

Diet and Feeding

Rummy Nose Tetras are omnivores and are not picky eaters. They will thrive on a varied diet that includes:

  • High-quality flake food
  • Pellets
  • Frozen or freeze-dried tubifex
  • Bloodworms

Providing a varied diet will help maintain their vibrant coloration and overall health.

Tank Setup and Care

  • Tank Size: A minimum of 10 gallons is recommended.
  • Water Conditions: They prefer temperatures between 64° - 82° F (18° - 27.7° C) and a pH range of 5.5 - 7.0. Slightly acidic water is preferable.
  • Substrate and Decorations: A well-planted tank with plenty of hiding spots, such as rocks, caves, and driftwood, will provide a suitable environment. Using leaf litter and botanicals can help create a natural habitat rich in tannins.
  • Water Quality: Regular water changes and maintaining stable water parameters are crucial for their health.


Breeding Rummy Nose Tetras can be moderately challenging. To encourage breeding:

  • Provide soft, acidic water.
  • Use a well-planted tank with plenty of hiding spots.
  • Condition the fish with a diet rich in live and frozen foods.

Once the eggs are laid, they should be protected from adult fish, as they may eat them. Fry can be raised on infusoria and baby brine shrimp.

What We Like About This Fish

  • Unique Appearance: The red-orange facial coloration and black and white striped tail make them stand out.
  • Peaceful Nature: They are safe with other peaceful fish and invertebrates.
  • Active Schooling Behavior: Their schooling behavior adds dynamic movement and visual interest to the aquarium.
  • Top-Dweller: Excellent for occupying the top levels of the aquarium.


Rummy Nose Tetras are an excellent choice for both beginners and experienced aquarists. Their striking coloration, peaceful temperament, and active schooling behavior make them a captivating addition to any well-maintained aquarium. By providing them with suitable tank conditions and a varied diet, they will thrive and bring vibrant activity to your tank.


*Sample Photo is for reference only. Exact fish will vary in size and colour*

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