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Bloodfins at a Glance

Bloodfins will become more colorful after acclimating to your aquarium.

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Aquarium Fish InternationalSupplement to “Bloodfins: Unexpected Beauties” by David A. Lass, Aquarium Fish International magazine, August 2012, Vol. 24, No. 8.

Scientific Name: Aphyocharax anisitsi

Natural Habitat: The rivers of South America, throughout Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, but most bloodfins in the hobby are farm-bred.

Size: 2 to 2.5 inches

Food: Commercially prepared flake food, with perhaps a "treat" of brine shrimp, Mysis shrimp or bloodworms once a week

Water Parameters: Room temperatures up to 78 degrees, pH 6.5 to 7.2, no ammonia or nitrate, and strong water movement

Aquascaping: Dark gravel and a few thickets of fine-leaved aquatic plants

Breeding Method: Egglayer that needs a 10- to 20-gallon tank for breeding

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