Rummy Nose Tetra Care Guide

In the above video, I tell you all about the Rummy Nose Tetra. This fish is native to South America, more specifically the Amazon River.

Good Community Tank Fish

A group of Rummy Nose Tetras works well in a community tank. They are peaceful fish that get along well with lots of other types of fish, but they will not do well with aggressive fish such as most cichlids. You can keep them with most small fish, such as: Danios, Neon Tetras, Platies, Guppies, Mollies, Corydoras Catfish, Hatchet fish, Harlequin Rasbora, Cherry Barbs, and Dwarf Gourami. Both snails and shrimp are good options to keep with your tetras but watch out for the baby shrimp to be potentially eaten.

The Rummy Nose Tetras are quite popular and can be purchased inexpensively in most aquarium stores. If well taken care of and kept in a stable, healthy environment, they can live for upwards of 7 or 8 years.

Schooling and Shoaling Fish

These fish shoal, so they will spend most of their time hanging out together. This creates some impressive displays. Rummy nose tetras are happier when kept in a group and visually, their colors are bolder, and their behaviors are more impressive when swimming together. The larger the shoal, the better these displays.

Usually they swim around the middle levels of the water, however they might move up or down to feed. rummy nose tetras enjoy having lots of swimming space.

Colorful Freshwater Fish

These tetras are popular because of their unique colors and patterns from their head to their tail. Most of their body is plain silver. Their head is a deep red which gives them their name. The tail fin stands out just as much as the head. It has a checkerboard design of black and white horizontal stripes. Their body is a submarine shape with short, clear fins. Once fully grown they should reach around 2.5 inches long.

Adding Plants and Decorations to the Fish Tank

Decorations aren’t too important, but you can add some if you want. Just make sure that you leave plenty of space for swimming. Plants of some kind are a good idea. Pick plants that will grow into the middle levels of the water. Rummy Nose love to hide in the plants when they want to get away from other fish.

Rummy Nose Tetra Fish Facts:

Scientific Name: Hemigrammus rhodostomus
Origin:  Amazon River of South America
Care level: Moderate
Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Omnivore
Breeding: egg layer
Water Temperature: 24 and 29 °C (75-84°F)
Water pH: 6.2-7.0 pH
Tank Level: Mid dweller
Minimum Tank Size: 20 gallons

Best Fish Food

Links to the fish food I feed my fish:
Rapashy Soilent Green:
Fluval Colormax:
New Life Spectrum:
Hikari Algae Wafers:
Bug Bites:
Omega One Freshwater Flakes: Omega One Veggie Rounds:
Omega One Mini Pellets: