|Name :||Red Eye Balloon Tetra|
|Tank Level :||Mid-dweller|
|Minimum Tank Size :||20 gallon|
|pH Level :||5.5 to 8.5|
|Temperature Level :||23 - 28 degree Celsius|
The red-eye tetra adds a touch of glamour to a freshwater community aquarium. Their metallic look, dynamic energy, and signature red eye with its pop of color combine to create an elegant display when kept in a school of six or more. This fish is a good choice as a beginner fish. Water conditions fluctuate much in its natural habitat, so this fish can tolerate a wide range of differences and changes. The red-eye tetra is a relatively larger tetra and should ideally be housed in a 20-gallon or larger aquarium.
Habitats and Cares
Red eyes tolerate a range of water conditions, from hard alkaline to soft acidic water. In nature, these fish come from regions with dense forests that let little light through, keep their tank dimly lit, and use dark substrate and plant cover along the sides and back of the aquarium. These fish do not prefer fast-moving currents, so make sure to angle the filters to avoid disturbing them. Their ideal aquarium includes live plants, driftwood, and rocks that recreate their natural habitat and offer spaces to hide. Since this tetra is a relatively large tetra, strive for a 20-gallon tank or larger.
The water should be replaced on a regular basis, especially if the tank is densely stocked. At least 25 to 50 percent of the tank water should be replaced every other week.
Red-eye tetras are omnivores, meaning they will eat a variety of foods. In the wild, they feed on worms, crustaceans, and insects. In captivity, you can feed them fine flake food, small granules, live or frozen brine shrimp, daphnia, tubifex, and frozen or freeze-dried bloodworms. Offer a variety of food, including live foods, to ensure good health.
Vegetables should be offered regularly to bring out the best of its color and appearance. Spinach is a great choice for this fish. This tetra prefers to eat multiple times a day. Offer only what they can consume in three minutes or less with multiple feedings per day.