Overview

Distribution

South America: Amazon River basin.
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Amazon River basin: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.
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Physical Description

Size

Maximum size: 60 mm TL
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Max. size

6.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 38376))
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

pelagic; freshwater; pH range: 6.0 - 7.8; dH range: 30
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Conservation

Threats

Not Evaluated
  • IUCN 2006 2006 IUCN red list of threatened species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded July 2006.
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Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems

Benefits

Importance

aquarium: commercial
  • Robins, C.R., R.M. Bailey, C.E. Bond, J.R. Brooker, E.A. Lachner, R.N. Lea and W.B. Scott 1991 World fishes important to North Americans. Exclusive of species from the continental waters of the United States and Canada. Am. Fish. Soc. Spec. Publ. (21):243 p. (Ref. 4537)
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Wikipedia

Glass bloodfin tetra

The Glass bloodfin tetra, Prionobrama filigera, is a species of Characid fish native to the Amazon River basin of South America.

Nutrition

In the wild this fish eats mainly aquatic insect larvae and crustaceans. In an aquarium they will readily adapt to a diet of commercial dry fish foods, but benefit from a variety of food including both live and frozen foods such as daphnia and bloodworms.

Breeding

Prionobrama filigera will breed successfully in harder and more alkaline water than most tetra species. A pH of 7.3 and 10 degrees of hardness is suitable, but not the much harder water the adults can live in. It is an egg scattering species that will eat its own eggs.

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