This species is the only representative of its genus. It was first imported into Europe in 1907; since then it has always been available but has never achieved the “greatness” of some other tetras, despite its undoubted beauty. Distinguishing features include an adipose fin and conspicuously large scales. Males of the species are more brightly colored than females.
Other common name
- African Red-eyed Characin
- From the Niger delta to Lagos in west Africa.
- Up to 4 3/4in (12cm) reported, but usually smaller.
- Peaceful but active; should be kept as a shoal.
- Range of commercial formulations accepted, but livefoods preferred.
- Spacious, with large open swimming spaces, plants around sides and back, and dark substratum. Tannin-stained water advisable. Water chemistry is not critical, but raw water should be avoided. Temperature range: 73-82°F (23-28X).
- Soft, acid water required. Eggs are scattered and hatch in about 1 1/2 day.