Name: Hemigrammus bleheri
Origin: Lower Amazon Basin
There are 3 species of rummy noses and the one I have is Hemigrammus bleheri which I understand is the most common one. Rummy noses have always been one of my favorite fish. I keep planted tanks and a medium to large school of these guys provide an awesome sight. I strongly suggest that you keep at least 6 or more of these pretty fish as they are most comfortable and feel at home this way. The red noses are a very good indicator of the water condition in you tank. The more red the nose is, the better the living conditions you are providing them are. Never introduce these delicate fish to a new tank. Always introduce them to well aged and fully cycled tanks, preferably well planted. I have kept these for many years now and they will always be a part of any community tank I set up. I always tend to keep these with other ellongated shaped tetras like neons, cardinals, etc as the others may be a little too fast swimming for the rummies and will make them nervous. They are pretty easy to feed and will accept most prepared foods. I feed them wheat germ pellets, pre-soaked in water for some time, and crush it into bits for them. They just love it.
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