Hemigrammus pulcher

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Hemigrammus pulcher
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Characiformes
Family: Characidae
Genus: Hemigrammus
Species: H. pulcher
Binomial name
Hemigrammus pulcher
Ladiges, 1938

Hemigrammus pulcher is a semi-popular aquarium species, also known as the pretty tetra, garnet tetra or black wedge tetra.[1] In the wild, the species is found near Iquitos in the Peruvian Amazon, and probably also in Brazil and Colombia.[1]

In captivity[edit]

Breeding is difficult, as parents must be prevented from eating their own eggs, and require soft, acidic water. Eggs usually hatch within 20–24 hours. The tetra will accept most high quality flake foods. They do best in groups of 6 or more.


  1. ^ a b c R. Reis & F. Lima (2007). "Hemigrammus pulcher". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2009.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved February 3, 2010. 

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