Distribution: Like the rest of the Hemigrammus species, these fish are located in South America: specifically, in the Orinoco River basin, Apure River basin, Negro River basin, and in the Essequibo and Demerara Rivers.
PH: 6.3 – 7.1 pH
Temperature: 23 – 26 °C (73 – 79°F)
Hardness: 6 – 14 dH
Description: Growing a maximum length of around 3.5 cm within a tank, they will suit a large community tank.
This species is somewhat uncommon in the hobby and due to the subsequent lack of information it is unknown what colouration they display.
Diet: Due to the scarcity in the hobby, it is unknown what diet they prefer. Experiment with the diet typical of the Hemigrammus species: quality flake for their staple with occasional live food as a treat.
Breeding: Breeders may experience some difficulty when attempting to get their Hemigrammus aereus to spawn. Set up a separate breeding tank with dense vegetation and soft lighting. They require a higher temperature when spawning, as well as softer water (use peat filtration).
The parents will eat the eggs and should be removed immediately after spawning. The eggs will hatch within 24 hours and after a couple of days the fry will be swimming about. Feed the fry on baby brine shrimp or crushed flake food.
Comments: Perhaps due to the difficulty of breeding, there is little information available on Hemigrammus analis. Therefore, general information pertaining to the Hemigrammus species has been included.
They like to have plenty of space to swim about in, as well as dense plantation along the edges to hide in. They also require light diffusion, so include some floating plants.
Recommended Compatible Species: They should live happily with other Tetra species (particularly the Neon Tetra and Black Tetra). They also should be good tank mates with Discus, Apistogramma‘s like Apistogramma Cacatouides and Apistogramma Borelli, CorydorasCatfish (particularly Corydoras Sterbai and Corydoras aeneus) Angelfish, Clown loach, the common Guppy and Platy and most Gourami(such as the Blue Gouramiand Dwarf Gourami like the Honey Gourami) Also should live happily with most Danio (particularly the Zebra Danioand Pearl Danio) and also many Killifish could make great tank mates.
Originally posted 2010-04-17 21:46:13. Republished by Blog Post Promoter