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A shoal of Bloodfin Tetra, facing to the left. Photo by VGW2006 at en.wikipedia - Transferred from en.wikipedia, Public Domain, for Wikipedia (English).

Bloodfin Tetra

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The Bloodfin Tetra (Aphyocharax anisitsi) is a species of tetra with a long silver body and vivid red fins. 

These tetras reach a little over 2 inches in length and are more slender than other popular moderately-sized tetra species. They live to 6 years on average but can live up to 10 years in optimal conditions. They are quite hardy and are a good option for beginners.

Bloodfins are a shoaling fish and should be kept in a minimum group of 3. These fish flourish in a wide range of temperatures (high 60's to low 80's) and should be housed in a minimum tank size of 15 gallons. These fish are prone to jumping, so a tank with a secure lid/canopy is ideal. 

These fish can be shy, and should only be kept with other peaceful community fish. Semi-aggressive tankmates will outcompete the Bloodfin tetra for food and space.

 

Photo by VGW2006 at en.wikipedia - Transferred from en.wikipedia, Public Domain, for Wikipedia (English).