Bloodfin Tetra Care Sheet



  • Scientific Name: Aphyocharax Anisitsi
  • Lifespan: Approximately 5-8 years if proper care is given
  • Size: Up to 2.2 inches
  • Care: Easy
  • Community: Yes, as long as you have lots of room for them to move around. (5-7 bloodfin tetras per 10 gallons)
  • Lifestyle: Diurnal, active during the day.

Tank Requirements

  • Minimum Tank Size: 10-20 gallon tank, bigger is always better.
  • Water Temperature Range: 67 – 82 °F
  • Water pH Range: 6.0 – 7.5
  • Water Hardness Range: 3-30 dGH

Perform a 10%-25% water change weekly. If you do not have a filter in your tank, do a water change twice a week.


A hood is recommended as it aids in helping your fish stay in the tank. Also, the hood keeps debris or dust from falling into the tank.


For Lighting: Full spectrum lighting – T5 is recommended.


Every fish and tank is different, so it is important to know what you’re dealing with. Some fish love a lot of current and others love no current at all like bettas. Some fish tanks are tiny and some are huge. Knowing what you have, or what you are going to have will help aid you in deciding which filter to go with. Check this article here to select which filter you should go with.


Try to mimic the natural Bloodfin tetra habitat when you arrange your tank and include a lot of plants. If you have no experience with planted aquariums, you can use plant species like Java fern. Java fern will thrive without any special type of lighting; standard aquarium light is enough. It will also help control excessive algae growth since it will compete for nutrients with the algae. You may also use fake plants, if live plants are not something you want to get into. Fake plants made of silk are excellent to be used in a tetras tank. Try to stay away from the fake plants made of very hard plastic. This can hurt your bloodfin tetra’s skin if used the wrong way.


Keep bloodfin tetras on a varied diet that contains carnivore food as well as plant or vegetable matter. This species will usually accept a high quality tropical flake or pellet food. Supplement the flake food with other food types, such as live or frozen products. Bloodfin tetras are known to appreciate brine shrimp, bloodworms, brine shrimp,  and silkworms. Since they are active they will need quite a lot of food, but you should never feed them more than what they can consume within 3 minutes.


You are going to want to go with something that is easy to clean and is safe for your bloodfin tetra. Most people prefer to use sand rather than gravel due to the impaction gravel may cause if ingested. However, if gravel is the way you want to go, make sure to use very fine gravel that will not harm your bloodfin tetra if ingested or you may choose to use large gravel pieces that can’t even fit in your bloofin tetra’s mouth. River stones are another option you may choose due to the fact that river stones are bigger than the bloodfish tetra’s mouth so therefore can not be ingested. But have in mind, cleaning will be a lot harder since you will have to manually pick up each river stone to clean the bottom of the tank.


Note: The information on this Bloodfin Tetra parrot care sheet is not a substitute for veterinary care.

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