Red Tail Hemiodus (Hemiodus gracilis)
Origin: Wild Colombia
Locale: Orinoco Basin
Diet: Omnivore and micropredator, will readily accept most small frozen or prepared foods
Adult Size: 5.5″+
Recommended Tank Size: 45+ gallons
Compatibility: Peaceful towards all tankmates.Can be shy with larger or more aggressive fish.
Preferred Water Parameters
pH: 6.0 – 7.2
A medium-sized schooling tetra relative, the Red Tail, Red Line, or Slender Hemiodus is widespread throughout the Amazon and Orinoco basins, where it is usually found in large mixed species shoals alongside other schooling tetras. A fast and somewhat skittish fish at first, they make for an impressive display in a larger mixed species aquarium and make excellent tankmates for most other peaceful fish. This species prefers warm, slightly acidic water and will do best when given plenty of cover in the form of driftwood or tall plants.