Hardy, peaceful, and beautiful, the bleeding heart tetra (scientific name: Hyphessobrycon erythrostigma) has all the hallmarks of a good beginner fish. But make no mistake: experience aquarists adore this species all the same!
The bleeding heart tetra is a small and social freshwater fish that thrives in large groups. They are a fantastic addition to larger community tanks as well (assuming that you house them with compatible tank mates).
Native to the upper Amazon Basin, bleeding hearts live in tributaries, lakes, and streams. They come from lush environments filled with life, so replicating that biotope in captivity is a must!