Ruby Tetra (Axelrodia riesei)- Group of 10 specimens

Hailing from the Upper Rio Meta in Colombia, this diminutive tetra packs a lot of perky personality into a small package!

We offer this fish in groups of 10 specimens, as they are shoaling fishes, which are most comfortable, displaying their best colors, behavior, and vigor when maintained in a small group. They come from very soft, acidic, tannin-stained water, and really pop in the tinted water of a blackwater aquarium! Diffuse LED lighting is awesome, as these fishes tend to be at their best in relatively dim lighting conditions.

Although they are small fishes, topping out at around .75"to 1", they are surprisingly fearless little guys, especially when feeding, and aren't afraid to mix it up with other characins and small, relatively peaceful fishes! They'll hold their own. Perfect for a smaller aquarium, and beautiful in a larger shoal in a more sizable tank! Ours are pretty consistently sized between 0.75"-1".

They display a beautiful reddish hue and a distinctive black bar near the caudal peduncle, and  attractive "frosted" tips on their dorsal and anal fins. Although adaptable, they benefit from lower pH and a varied diet, consisting of a variety of small foods like Daphnia, Blood Worms, Brine Shrimp, etc.

Our specimens have been acclimated and well cared for by noted aquarist Mike Tuccinardi at his facility in Colorado, and are active, healthy, and eat well immediately. This is one of those fishes that, once you see it in your tank, compels you to ask yourself why you haven't kept it before! 

SOURCE: Net collected Colombia 

CARE LEVEL: Intermediate

TEMPERAMENT: Peaceful

NATURAL DIET: Small invertebrates, insects, and zooplankton

COMPATIBILITY: Best kept with smaller, more peaceful fishes

MAXIMUM SIZE: Approx .75"-1"

IDEALLY SUITED FOR: Blackwater/botanical-style aquariums (soft, acidic water)

NOTE: This photo is for illustrative purposes only. You will be receiving specimens which look similar to the ones shown in our photo, but should expect variations in color. 

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