Hemigrammus bellottii – Dash-dot Tetra
Hemigrammus bellottii or Dash-dot Tetra is a peaceful schooling fish that can be kept with other small and peaceful fishes. The aquarium should be planted densely on the sides and background. In the middle you should leave a lot of free swimming space. The tank should be set up with a dark substrate, and have the lighting diffused by a cover of floating plants to bring out the colours of the fish. Use a weak peatfilter.
This species was first described in 1882 by Steindachner. Synonyms: Tetragonopterus bellottii, Hemigrammus belottii, Tetragonopterus belottii.
South America: Guyana, French Guyana, Brazil.
You should give them small live food. Frozen and dry food are accepted as well.
Breeding Hemigrammus bellottii – Dash-dot Tetra
Breeding Hemigrammus bellottii – Dash-dot Tetra in captivity is very difficult. The eggs are laid and fertilized between fine leaved plants. Because the parents eat their own eggs it is wise to use a spawning grid. After spawning you should remove the parents. When the young fishes are swimming free you can raise them with very fine infusoria.
Jan Bukkems – Aquavisie