Vampire Tetra is a small fish native to South America known for its distinct coloration and lifestyle. Not only are they unique-looking creatures, but they also possess some unusual characteristics that make them interesting aquatic pets.
Vampire Tetra can be found in South American streams, rivers, and slow-moving waters. They are nocturnal and prefer swimming in darker areas.
These small fish typically grow to around 3 cm in length and usually have a lifespan of 1-2 years in the wild.
Their deep, black body and brown-tipped snout are their most distinctive features, which give them their 'vampire-like' look.
Vampire Tetras can change color depending on their environment, ranging from light pink to a deep red hue.
These fish are omnivorous and feed on plant material and small aquatic invertebrates.
As with many aquarium fish, Vampire Tetra does best when kept in groups of five or more.
They have been known to be a bit shy in the presence of larger fish species.
Vampire Tetra is a moderately easy-to-care-for species that tolerates various water conditions.
While these fish are relatively tolerant of other tankmates, they can become aggressive toward others of the same species or genus.
Regular water changes are key in providing a healthy environment for Vampire Tetra, as they are very sensitive to nitrates and phosphates.