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Glowlight Tetras will eat food flakes, freeze-dried bloodworms and live brine shrimp. A healthy diet is essential in bringing out full coloring. Typical of most tetras, the female is larger and broader, especially when laiden with eggs. Glowlight Tetras scatter their eggs in heavily planted soft water. Live foods and water changes will help bring about spawning.

From: Jessica H. After keeping fish for 10 years, I finally decided to try breeding egglayers. So, I picked the plumpest female and the biggest male. I put them into a bare 10 gallon tank with an airstone. They bred the next day! Within 2 days, I had at least fry. I didn't expect my first try to be so successful!

And not to mention, easy. I highly recommend them, they are beautiful little fish.

Glowlight Tetra

I also have observed them courting and when males appear to be defending their territory the tips of their dorsal and anal fins gleam silver as they dart around erratically. Seems they have a leader that rounds them up there are 5 in the tank when its feeding time.

HOW TO: Care For GlowLight Tetra

They daunt feed on the surface and they pretty much hang in the lower half of the tank catching food as it comes down. They're usually together, hidden among the plants.

Breeding the Glowlight Tetra or Fire Tetra

IM liking them more and more daily. Eats well, not very picky about different kinds of food. I like that they are a larger species of the tetras. When they were first put in they were chased and their fins were nipped. The smallest of the three lost almost all of its fins but is on its way to full recovery. My Glowlight tetra seems to be most aggressive towards them, other than that they tend to chase each other as well. I can't figure out the glowlight.


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This characin is one of the most peaceful tetra species. Like other tetras, they are schooling fish and will do best in groups of 5 or more. A group of this size will need a tank that is about 15 gallons or more. Good tankmates include other tetras, danios, rasboras, and most gouramis.

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They can also be kept with peaceful bottom dwellers. They are not prone to overeating, but they do like to eat a small amount of food several times a day. Finding a wild-caught Glowlight Tetra for sale in the aquarium trade would be difficult to impossible. Instead, these fish are mass produced for sale. This fish does well in a variety of conditions and can be bred fairly easily. Foods and Feeding Since they are omnivorous , the Glowlight Tetra will generally eat all kinds of live, fresh, and flake foods.

To keep a good balance, give them a high quality flake food every day. Feed brine shrimp either live or frozen or blood worms as a treat. As with most tetras, these fish prefer to eat several times a day.

Only offer what they can consume in 3 minutes or less in each feeding. Over time, decomposing organic matter, nitrates, and phosphate build up and water hardness increases due to evaporation. To combat these ever-changing conditions, water should be replaced on a regular basis, especially if the tank is densely stocked. To simulate the black waters that they come from, add a mesh bag of aquarium-safe peat to the filter. A biotype setup is the best choice for this tetra and is very easy to put together.

The substrate should be made up of river sand. Leaves should be removed and replaced every few weeks. Their natural habitat does not have many plants, so it is not necessary to include them. They will do best kept in schools of 5 or more. Good tankmates include other livebearers, danios, rasboras, other tetras, most gouramis, and peaceful bottom dwellers. Sex: Sexual differences The female is larger and stronger than the male and has a round ventral section. When they spawn, they lock fins.

Then, while clasped, they perform a type of roll-over process in the vegetation. As they do so, the female releases about a dozen eggs at time, and the male fertilizes them. A separate breeding tank, about 10 gallons in size, will help to get the best number of fry.

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The most successful way to spawn these fish is in groups of 12 with 6 males and 6 females. Feed this group small live foods, and nature should take over and spawning will begin. Keep the tank dimly lit with clumps of spawning mops or java moss, so the female has a place to deposit the eggs.