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GLOWLIGHT TETRA - Hemigrammus erythrozonus

Glowlight Tetra - Hemigrammus erythrozonus


Tips on Breeding GLOWLIGHT TETRA - Care and Spawning

English: Pics of a glowlight tetra hemigrammus...
Pics of a glowlight tetra Hemigrammus erythrozonus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Glowlight tetras or Hemigrammus erythrozonus are native to the Essiquibo basin in South America. Glowlights like all tetra are a member of the family Characidae. They received the name glowlight tetra because of the highly reflective red stripe that runs from their mid-body to their tails. This stripe appears to glow under aquarium lighting.

Tetras are shoaling fish. Shoaling fish are extremely social fish that instinctively travel in a group. They tend not to fare well in an aquarium devoid of other members of their species. Depending on how strong the instinct runs in an individual species, some shoaling fish cannot survive at all in an isolated environment. It is always advisable to have at least four of any given shoaling fish in a community fish tank.

The glowlight tetra is a small freshwater fish variety, reaching an adult length of only about an inch and a half. They have a mild disposition and make wonderful additions to community tanks provide they are in the presence of similarly natured fish whose size is not big enough to view them as a source of nutrition.

Glowlights, like all tetras, are hiders. They take readily to heavily planted aquariums. Giving them plenty of places to hide will increase these rather small fishes' chances of long-term survival in a community setting. Glowlights are mid-tanks swimmers. So you want vegetation large enough to be present in the middle of your aquarium.

Most freshwater species native to South America thrive in slightly acidic water. Glowlights are no exception. Glowlights are accustomed to a pH level of around 6.8 with a water temperature between 75-83 °F.

Tetras are omnivores by nature. They can survive perfectly well on a diet of garden-variety tropical fish food flakes. They will also eat frozen and freeze-dried products and live food such as brine shrimp.

Male and female glowlights have an identical color palette. You can generally distinguish between sexes by the shape of their bodies. Female have a fuller, more rounded body than males. This trait is more pronounced when they are carrying eggs.

Glowlight tetras are more apt to breed in an environment that closely mimics their native waters. Filtering the aquarium water through peat or adding a thin layer to the substrate will help make them feel at home. Make sure the peat doesn't contain chemical additives or fertilizers. A breeding tank should always be used. Provide the tank with plenty of fine-leafed foliage. Hornwort will work well for this purpose.

The glowlight tetra is an egg layer. Egg layers are notorious for eating their un-hatched eggs. Tetras will scatter their eggs among the plants instinctively. Promptly remove the adults from the breeding tank after spawning.

Fry will hatch in about 24 hours. Newly hatched fry can feed a liquid fry food formulated for egg laying fish. In a few days, their diet can be switched over to newly hatched brine shrimp. Powdered eggs are an acceptable substitute. In a week or so they can be fed finely crushed tropical fish flakes.

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GLOWLIGHT TETRA - A Superb Fish to Keep in Community Aquariums

English: Tetra Glowlight Hemigrammus erythrozonus
Tetra Glowlight Hemigrammus erythrozonus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Originating from river Essequibo in Guyana, Glowlight tetra fish comes from very turbulent water. The river runs through mountains and forests. In its journey into the Atlantic Ocean, the river has many waterfalls and rapids. Naturally, the fish is accustomed to staying in water currents.

The maximum size of Glowlight tetra fish is about 1.4 inches. It has a silvery color for its body and there is one bright stripe running throughout the body right from the snout to the tail. The color of the stripe is usually red but sometimes you can find Glowlight tetras with an orange stripe. The fins are normally transparent, but sometimes you can find silvery fins also. Innovative breeders are successful in bringing out color variations on their body. So these days you can have Glowlight tetra fish with the golden body also!

The fish is mainly described as schooling fish and it should be kept in a group of at least six. If you are able to keep a bigger group, the fish will be able to live happily. However, keeping only a single one or a pair is never desirable. The fish will develop stress and it will get sick. The life of the fish will also be shortened as they do not feel safe and they will not swim freely. But if they are kept in a bigger group, they will always be active and will show natural behavior.

Glowlight tetra fish usually tend to stay in the middle part of the aquarium, slightly above the bottom. However, when they are fed, they will immediately come to the surface of the water and try to grab the food. They are happy eaters and if you keep them well, they can live up to 4 to 5 years.

If you are planning to keep them in a community aquarium, you should always select nonaggressive species to stay with them. Cardinal tetras are good partners for Glowlight tetra fish. The color combination of both the fish will make your aquarium really beautiful. Cardinal tetras will form their own group and they will swim along with Glowlight tetras all the time. This will make your aquarium great.

Regarding keeping conditions of water in the aquarium, there are no complicated requirements. The temperature of the water should be within a range of 74-84 °F and the pH level of the water should be between 6.0 to 7.5.

If you are able to set up a medium-sized aquarium that is fine for Glowlight tetra fish. An aquarium of 10 gallons is good for them but if you are able to provide an aquarium of about 25 gallons that will make their stay comfortable. You should try to replicate the natural living conditions for them including a lot of plants with fine leaves, a good area for swimming and continuously flowing water.

The lighting of the aquarium should be moderate and the color of the substrate should preferably be dark.

Regarding their food, they love to eat worms and plants. However, they will be happy to eat food flakes as well as boiled vegetables.

Glowlight tetra fish are available easily from a lot of pet shops and they are not very expensive. So they are ideal for beginners as well as experienced fish-keepers.

    Chintamani Abhyankar is a goldfish enthusiast and has been raising and breeding goldfish for many years. He is an expert on their care and an advocate for raising healthy goldfish the natural way.
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GLOWLIGHT TETRAS Are Not Easy to Breed As They Are Not Known for Parental Care

Glowlight tetras fish is a nice-looking species with bright colors. As they are not very expensive and are available easily, they are picked up both by beginners as well as experienced fish-keepers.

Innovative breeders have recently developed number colorful varieties for this fish to choose from. As they do not require elaborate maintenance, keeping them is an enjoyable experience. However if you want to breed them, there are some specific things which you should keep in mind.

English: Tetra Glowlight Hemigrammus erythrozonus
Tetra Glowlight Hemigrammus erythrozonus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Breeding Glowlight tetras fish is considered moderately difficult by the fish-keepers. First of all, it is difficult to find out their sex because apparently there are no signs. You can take the help of a pet store while in bringing them home so that you can buy them in proportion of two to three females per male.

In the open nature, they can double their population in 15 months. However, their natural environment is difficult to replicate, the breeding becomes harder. In addition, Glowlight tetras fish are not famous for providing parental care to the young ones, so you have to look after the eggs as well as the fry.

When they are fully grown up and ready for spawning, you should shift them in the same proportion to a separate tank which you may call in breeding tank. Before that, you should feed them for at least 4 to 5 weeks very good food including live food. The breeding tank should be well decorated with live as well as artificial plants and there should be very low light in the tank. The temperature of the tank should be in the range of 78-84° F and the hardness of the water should be moderate.

Usually, the experienced breeders will keep males and females separately before bringing them together in the breeding tank. Once they are brought together, the pair will swim upside down and finally the female will start releasing the eggs. The fish will spawn on the leaves of the plant and there will be around 150 to 175 eggs at one time.

Some eggs will stick to the leaves of the plant while the others will fall down to the bottom of the tank. You should set up a spawning grate or glass beat at the bottom to take care of the eggs.
Once the spawning is over, you should immediately remove the adults from the breeding tank, otherwise they can eat the eggs. The hatching will take one or two days. The new ones will start swimming within about four days. You should feed them some special food like crushed flakes or baby brine shrimp.

The young ones are very delicate and if you are not keeping them in well-conditioned aquarium, they will not survive.

During their growth period, the water of the breeding tank should be absolutely clean and well treated. You should change the water frequently. Never change the entire water, but replace about 25 per cent of the water at one time. During their growth, there should be low lighting in the tank. You can increase the lighting gradually as they grow. They will develop the famous yellow stripe on their body in two to three weeks.

The fry will finally grow in about 4 to 6 weeks and then once they are adults, you can shift them safely to the main aquarium.

    By Chintamani Abhyankar
    Chintamani Abhyankar is a goldfish enthusiast and has been raising and breeding goldfish for many years. He is an expert on their care and an advocate for raising healthy goldfish the natural way.
    Article Source: EzineArticles


GLOW LIGHT TETRA - A Lovely and Peaceful Member of Your Community Tank

Brings live to your community tanks

Many freshwater fish-keepers have a warm spot in their heart for a little fish with a big name, the 1 ½-inch hemigrammus erythrozonus... or mush easier to say, the glowlight tetra. Like its little cousin, the neon tetra, the glowlight is an easy fish to keep in a community tank. In fact, many neon keepers, tired of battling neon disease, move towards the glowlight tetra.

Tetra Hemigrammus erythrozonus, Glowlight tetra
Tetra Hemigrammus erythrozonus, Glowlight tetra (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The glowlight tetra is pastel peach in color with a horizontal red-gold stripe that spans the length of its body. Originating in Guyana, South America, the glowlight does well in a fresh water tank of slightly acid but peat-softened water that is kept between 74F and 82F. Glowlight tetras generally occupy the bottom third of the tank, except for feeding time when they will swim to the top.
The male glowlight tetra is more slender bodied than his mate, although it may be difficult to tell them apart until the female is full of eggs. 

Glowlight tetras are easier to breed than many other tetras like the neon and the cardinal tetra. However, providing them with a soft water environment is a critical factor for breeding. In fact, when breeding glowlight tetras, it may help to erect a special breeding tank. After your females have laid their eggs, you will need to remove adult fish from the tank until the fry hatch since glowlights have been known to eat their own eggs. Glowlights scatter their eggs among fine-leaved live plants. Clean, fresh water and live foods can encourage breeding. However, when changing water, be careful that you don't remove so much that it causes your tank to recycle.

Like many tetras, the glowlight tetra is a schooling fish and prefers to swim in the company of at least seven of its peers. Another common characteristic of many tetras is sensitivity to bright light. Lighting in a glowlight tetra aquarium should be filtered. This is easily achieved with aquarium plants. Artificial plants will suffice (unless you intend to breed your fish), but the glowlight tetra finds that real plants are a delicacy along with its usual fare of tropical flake food, tubifex worms, and brine shrimp.