If you are seeking a hardy, easy-going and lovely fish for a community tank, then adding bloodfin tetra to your tank is the perfect addition.
Because bloodfin tetras are quite docile, they make excellent tankmates with others in a tropical, community tank. They do however get quite active during courtship. In fact, they sometimes have been known to leap out of the water during this time!
Bloodfin tetras are schooling fish, so they do best when there are at least 5 or 6 of them in the tank together. The bloodfin tetra gets its name from the red color of its fins (tail, dorsal, anal and adipose). Their bodies are silver in color.
Bloodfin tetras are on the larger side, growing to be about 2 inches. They also have fairly long life-spans and can live up to 10 years.
The ideal temperature for tetras spans a fairly large range – from 64 to 83 degrees Farenheit. However, if you want to your bloodfin tetras to maintain the vibrant red color of their fins, it’s advisable to keep the water on the higher end of this range.
As an egg layer, the bloodfin tetra are happiest in soft, slightly acidic water. A good pH range is 6.0 to 8.0. For breeding, soft water is highly recommended.
The bloodfin tetra will eat a variety of food, and is an omnivore. Choose high quality flake, fresh and live foods. They are quite active, so they should be fed 3 to 4 times per day. Feed them as much as they can eat within the first 3 minutes. If you want to give them a treat, blood worms or brine shrimp are good choices.
A good tank size for the bloodfin tetra is a 20 gallon tank. Since they are a schooling fish and prefer to have companions (at least 5), try not to keep them in a tank smaller than 20 gallons.
If you are planning on breeding bloodfin tetras, low lighting is recommended. The bloodfin tetras are egg layers, laying from 300 to 500 eggs.
To prepare the fish for breeding, feed them high quality foods, such as live brine shrimp. Be sure to prepare the tank with wide-leaved aquarium plants. The female will place her eggs on these leaves. Like many fish, bloodfin tetras will eat the eggs that they lay, so you must remove them from the tank, or else prepare a separate breeding tank ahead of time and remove the parents after the eggs are laid.
When first hatched, the fry will feast off of their yolk sacs. After that is exhausted, you will need to begin feeding them liquid fry food. After about a week, you can then begin feeding them baby brine shrimp.
As you can see, the bloodfin tetra is an excellent community fish that you will be able to enjoy for a long time!
Aquariums need a heating system in order to replicate the natural water temperature of fish. For mini aquariums, this is all the more important. A smaller living environment needs more help in maintaining that delicate balance that is ideal for fish to thrive and grow. Fortunately for fish and their owners, someone invented the mini aquarium heater.
Getting a Hydor brand fish tank heater ensures you that 25 years has been put into the development of the product. Since 1984, the American company has been devoted to the manufacturing of aquatic products. Starting with filters, Hydor now has a catalogue of aerators, lighting systems, CO2 systems, feeders, pumps, decorations, and heaters. The line of Hydor heaters includes the THEO, the ETH, the Hydrokable, the Hydroset Thermostat, and the Mini Heaters.
The Mini Heaters have the 7.5W models and the 15W models. The benefits of choosing the Hydor brand mini aquarium heater over other heater brands is that you will then be the very proud owner of a completely submersible, super safe, extra small, universal, and self limiting heater.
What all this means is that the heater is easily concealed even in small bowls or tanks, it is safe to use in both salt water and tropical aquariums, and it is safe in the event that it was left to run dry. Hydor has a special technology called PTC that makes their heaters safe. Also present in the mini aquarium heater, it is a heating element designed for safety against the risk of overheating. High quality components and a self-limiting technological design ensure this.
If you are into mini aquariums, then the Hydor mini heater is just the perfect aquarium heater for you. No other brand offers such a great heater in a neat and compact design at an affordable price.
Gold Gourami, also known as Trichogaster Trichopterus, is a tropical fish that is as you might guess, gold in color! The Gold Gourami is different from the Blue Gourami in that it doesn’t have spots.
This fish is considered a labyrinth fish which means that it is able breathe air at the surface. Although the Gold Gourami can breathe air directly, they must still have their tank changed weekly, the reason being that toxins do build up and can cause tissue damage.
The Gold Gourami can be peaceful, especially when young. With that being said, the males can be aggressive around each other. It is best to supply them with tankmates that are of similar temperaments and size. Choosing similar-sized fish is important, as the Gold Gouramies can actually become aggressive with smaller fish as well as those with long, flowing fins. Examples are male bettas and guppies, who are often seen as competitors.
Gold Gouramies are great fish for beginners because they are quite hardy. The do however grow somewhat large (about 15 cm), so they will need to have an adequate tank size to swim about and to avoid becoming overcrowded. The younger fish can be housed in a 15 to 20 gallon tank, but ideally, one should use a 35 gallon tank, especially for the adult fish.
The Gold Gourami does best when there are a few hiding places available, so be sure to add dense plant cover as well as some floating plant cover. This species occupies the lower, middle and bottom of the tank, so they have a wide range.
All Gold Gouramies are omnivores. This means that they should be fed a combination of meaty foods as well as algae -based foods. Some good food choices for the Gold Gourami are bloodworms, mosquito larvae, tubifex worms, brine shrimp and an algae-based flake food.
If you are interested in breeding the Gold Gourami, the easiest way to tell the male and female apart is by looking at the dorsal fin. The male’s dorsal fin is longer and more pointed whereas the female fin is shorter and more rounded. Breeding for this species is not exceptionally easy, though it can be done once you have the hang of it.
Set up a separate 10 gallon breeding tank specifically for this. Place floating plants in the tank to support the bubble nest for the eggs.
Once a healthy pair have been chosen and placed in the breeding tank, the male will begin building a bubble nest. After the female lays her eggs, she should be promptly removed so as not to be attacked by the male. The male should then be removed once the fry hatch, otherwise the male may attempt to eat them. Fry must be fed only with fry food until they grow big enough to eat regular flake food.
As you can see, having a Gold Gourami can be fun and it is certainly nice to enjoy this beautiful fish!