Rummy-Nose Tetra

By Gary Bolton

Family: Characidae

Species: Hemigrammus rhodostomus

Size: 5cm (2 inch)

Diet: Omnivorous

Tank levels: Middle and lower

Habitat: Lower stretches of the Amazon River

Remarks: It is sensitive to water changes.

Comments: The distinguishing feature of this slim-bodied tetra is the striking red head; the caudal fin is also pattered. The red area is confined to the head in the Rummy-nose Tetra, but many extend as a streak on to the body in the similar False Rummy-nose (Petitella georgiae). The caudal fin is marked (faintly on this juvenile) by three horizontal black bars, and the lobe tips are colourless. A thin black, often indistinct, line runs forwards from the base of the caudal fin towards the base of the dorsal fin.


This fish comes from the “Tropical Fish” family species of fish. I hope you enjoyed this fish profile that I put together to help people to choose the right fish for the right aquarium tank setup you may own, or be thinking of buying in the future. If you require more information about keeping fish in general and what are the right fish to choose for your tank setups, you can always visit my site called “GB Aquarium” and see what’s posted new there and also join in the discussion taking place.

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