Bleeding Heart Tetras get their name from the blushing-red marking near their gills, giving them a ‘bleeding heart’ look. Though the marking is not on the fish’s heart, the position of this vibrant red dot is close enough to warrant the name.
Like other Tetras, their bodies are diamond-shaped—they are tall at their central point and laterally compressed at their ends. Their heads taper down to a pointed snout with black and red eyes. They also have a lengthy anal fin stretching from their midpoint down to their tail. While their tail, anal, and pectoral fins are transparent, their tall dorsal fins have splashes of red and black.
When it comes to color, Bleeding Heart Tetras take on a rosy silver hue. However, with the proper diet and living conditions, their color can become vibrant.
While Bleeding Heart Tetras are primarily peaceful fish, their temperament mainly depends on their social group. They will meet up, swim around the aquarium together, and rely on each other to keep their behavior in check. As such, you should always keep at least four of them together.
When alone, Bleeding Heart Tetras will get territorial and could resort to fin-nipping other aquarium fish. They might also become shy and spend most of their time hiding.
Besides getting along with their species, Bleeding Heart Tetras also make excellent tank mates with other Tetra species, especially the Rummy Nose Tetra. You could also pair them with options such as Danios, Kuhli Loach, Cory Catfish, Rasboras, Dojo Loach, and Odessa Barb.
Since Bleeding Heart Tetras love darting around the tank, avoid keeping them with slow-moving fish. Also, while they are speedy, they can still fall victim to larger or aggressive fish.
Feeding Bleeding Heart Tetras is extremely easy because they are omnivores and will eat whatever they can get. You could feed them high-quality flake or pellet products regularly, supplementing them with live, frozen, or freeze-dried foods. You can even give them plant-based foods, such as chopped-up lettuce, now and then.
When it comes to frequency, you can feed them several times a day, as long as you only offer them enough food to eat in three minutes.
Are Bleeding Heart Tetras fin nippers?
Though Bleeding Heart Tetras are generally peaceful, some individuals can be fin nippers under the right conditions.
What do Bleeding Heart Tetras eat?
Bleeding Heart Tetras consume high-quality pellets or flakes, along with frozen, live, or freeze-dried food alternatives, such as daphnia, brine shrimp, and bloodworms.
While this is a rare occurrence, it can and will happen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that every one will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fish arrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag within 2 hours of the delivery time of your fish. We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem.
We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We can replace fish butshipping costs is the responsibilityof the buyer.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures,within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolve the issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
Most Shipments will be 2-day unless otherwise noted. We shipfish on Mondays and Tuesdays only (excluding holidays) to ensure fish arrive before weekends. This allows us to completely prepare the fish for shipping andensure they are healthy prior to arriving at your door. All fish will be shipped with oxygenated water and specific additives in the water to ensurethey maintain their health and stability during shipment. Depending on the species of fish and current weather conditions, the fish may arrive with a heat pack or ice pack to maintain the optimal temperature which further ensures thehealth and safety of your fish. All costs of shipping (postage, packaging,heat/ice packs, etc.) are included in the Shipping fee. We ship to only thecontinental United States and are unable to ship to P.O. boxes, must bephysical address.
"The fish I received do not look like the fish in thepicture. Why is this?"
- We typically take photographs of one or two fish when we initially get them in. Since we have a large quantity of most of the various species of fish, it would be understandably impossible to provide a picture ofevery individual fish with a specific species. For some of our more rare orlarger fish, the picture listed may be the actual fish that you are receiving.If this is the case, it will be designated by ?WYSIWYG?, meaning ?what you see,is what you get?.
"What happens if my fish arrive dead?"
- While this is a rare occurrence, it can and willhappen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that everyone will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fisharrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag.We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem. We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We will reship any replacement fish at the buyer's expense.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures, within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolvethe issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
"What if I'm not home when the fish arrive?"
- We will always provide you with a tracking number. While the fish are packaged to survive about 72+ hours within the shipping containers, we do ask that you make arrangements to arrive home to inspect your fish as soon as possible after they are delivered to your home. Itis always suggested to provide an area for the delivery person to place the boxthat is out of direct sunlight or extreme temperatures.
"What do I do with my fish once I've unpacked them?"
- Like you would with any new fish, let the entire bag float in your tank for 15-30 minutes. This allows the temperature withinthe bag to adjust to the same as your tank and will reduce temperature shock onthe fish. After this time, you can add all of the fish and water that is in thebag into your tank. The products used within the water for shipping will notharm any existing fish within your tank and actually makes the transition foryour new fish a bit easier. After this, expect your new fish to take a few daysto become fully adjusted, this includes hiding, floating at the top, sinking tothe bottom, and not eating. After a few days, your new fish should be acting aswimming like they normally would. At this point, enjoy your aquarium!
"I want to return my new fish because x,y,z?"
- Unfortunately, we are unable to accept returns.We do recommend contacting us via email with yourorder number and as much information as possible. We will try to assist you inresolving whatever the issue may be.
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