Firehead Tetra - Hemigrammus bleheri
Blackwater rivers and tributaries. These waters are usually brown in color due to tannins released from decaying organic material. This process increases the acidity of the water, which the fish prefer.
Amazon Basin in Brazil and Peru
The body of the firehead tetra is elongated with a red spot on its head extending beyond the gill covers. The caudal fin is forked with black and white stripes. Females are generally rounder than males.
1-1.5 inches, on average.
Spawn in groups, eggs hatch within 24-36 hours
This species is currently not listed in the IUCN database.
– Often confused with two similar species sold in pet shops, the “true” rummy-nose, (Hemigrammus rhodostomus), and the ‘false’ rummy-nose, (Petitella georgiae). In healthy fish, only the Firehead Tetra will have red coloration extending past the gill covers. Many different coloration varieties are artificially selected and sold in pet shops
– The intensity of the red coloration is an indicator of the overall health of the fish.
- Adult (13 and over)$11.50
- Child (2 - 12)$8.25
- Child (1 and Under)FREE
- Senior (65+)$10.50
- Active Military$10.50
We begin transferring animals to evening (off exhibit) holding at 4:30 each night.
Open Daily 10:00-5:00
Last admission at 4:30