Bleeding Blue Tetra – Very Rare! - (Hyphessobrycon Margitae)

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Hyphessobrycon margitae, commonly known as the Bleeding Blue Tetra, is a mesmerizing species of freshwater fish originating from the upper Rio Tapajós basin in Brazil. Renowned for its stunning appearance and peaceful demeanor, this species has become a sought-after addition to aquariums worldwide. These fish were imported from the Czech Republic where they were tank-bred by master breeders!

Creating an environment reminiscent of the Bleeding Blue Tetra's natural habitat is paramount to its well-being in captivity. Aquarists should aim to replicate the slow-moving or still waters of South America's densely vegetated streams and rivers. A well-planted aquarium with dense vegetation, such as Amazon Sword, Java Fern, and Anubias, provides essential hiding spots and shelter for these tetras. Driftwood and rocks can also be incorporated to mimic natural habitat features. Subdued lighting helps to enhance the iridescent beauty of the Bleeding Blue Tetra while promoting a sense of security.

Maintaining stable water conditions is crucial for the health and vitality of Hyphessobrycon margitae. The optimal pH range for these tetras falls between 6.0 to 7.5, with a temperature range of 72°F to 78°F (22°C to 26°C). Filtration should be efficient to ensure water quality remains pristine, and regular water changes help to mitigate the buildup of harmful compounds.

In their natural habitat, Bleeding Blue Tetras are omnivores, feeding on small invertebrates, algae, and plant matter. In captivity, they readily accept a varied diet comprising high-quality flake foods, pellets, and occasional live or frozen treats such as brine shrimp or daphnia. Providing a diverse diet not only meets their nutritional needs but also stimulates natural foraging behaviors.

Bleeding Blue Tetras are renowned for their peaceful nature and sociable demeanor. They thrive when kept in groups of six or more individuals, where they can engage in schooling behavior. In a well-established aquarium with ample hiding spots and a harmonious community, these tetras exhibit playful and social interactions, creating a visually captivating spectacle for aquarists to behold.

Breeding Hyphessobrycon margitae in captivity is a rewarding endeavor for experienced aquarists. To initiate breeding behavior, provide them with a well-conditioned breeding tank equipped with slightly acidic water and plenty of fine-leaved plants for egg deposition. The Bleeding Blue Tetra is an egg scatterer, and the parents do not exhibit parental care towards the eggs or fry. Separating the adult fish post-spawning is advisable to prevent predation on the eggs.

Due to their peaceful nature, Bleeding Blue Tetras are compatible with a wide range of peaceful community fish species. However, caution should be exercised when selecting tank mates to ensure compatibility in terms of size and temperament. Avoid housing them with aggressive or larger species that may intimidate or prey on them.

The rare Bleeding Blue Tetra is a captivating addition to any freshwater aquarium. With careful attention to tank setup, water parameters, diet, social dynamics, breeding, and compatibility, aquarists can provide these tetras with an environment conducive to their health, well-being, and natural behaviors. By embracing the enchanting beauty and peaceful nature of the Bleeding Blue Tetra, aquarists embark on a journey filled with wonder and delight as they witness these stunning fish thrive in their aquatic sanctuary. These fish do not ship individually bagged.

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