Red Eyed Tetra (Arnoldichthys spilopterus)

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Red Eyed Tetra

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Red Eyed Tetra

Arnoldichthys spilopterus

95 Litres (25 US G.)

9-10 cm (3.5-3.9")




6.0 - 8.0

23 -28 °C (73.4-82.4°F)

5-19 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

5-10 years



Additional names

Niger Tetra, Red Eyed Tetra, African Red-Eyed Characin

Additional scientific names

Petersius spilopterus

Origin[edit | edit source]

Native to the lower Niger and Ogun rivers in Nigeria.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Males have more vivid colouring than females.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

A peaceful shoaling fish that does best kept in groups of 6 or more. Keep with other peaceful community fish. Avoid larger predatory fish or fish with long fins.

Diet[edit | edit source]

The Red-Eyed Tetra will accept most foods including pellet and flake as well as live/frozen food such as bloodworm and brine shrimp.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Prefers a densely planted tank with open swimming space.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A peaceful shoaling fish generally occupying the middle and top levels of the water column.

Identification[edit | edit source]

An elongate Tetra with a bold iridescent lateral line that runs from the nose to the caudal peduncle. The top half of the eye is tinged with red, giving this fish its common name. The fins are mostly translucent, the dorsal having a black spot outlined in white.

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