The Ballon Red Eye Tetra Moenkhausia sanctaefilomenae is a hobby breed short body version of the Red Eye Tetra. This aquarium fish is now bred extensively in Asia for the hobby. A school of these characins makes for an interesting and lively aquarium.
Although this characin is not as flashy as many tetras, it has a charm all its own. Its most immediately noticeable features is the bright red spot over its eyes. Its body has a silvery golden sheen with a yellow band at the base of the tail fin, just in front of an even broader black band.
The common name ‘Red-Eye Tetra’ describes the bright red spot on the upper part of its eye, which contrasts dramatically with its silvery body. Because of this, it is also called the Lamp Eye Tetra. Other common names refer to the coloration of this fish, such as Yellow-banded Moenkhausia and Yellowhead Tetra.
These little tetras are very durable and will be found in tanks belonging to beginners as well as to more advanced fish keepers. They are very undemanding fish, quite hardy and easy to breed. These very active swimmers are also peaceful towards other fish, which makes them a wonderful addition to a community aquarium.
They will be happiest if kept in a school of 5 or more of their own kind. A school will need an aquarium that is at least 15 gallons or larger with plenty of open space for swimming. They prefer a dark gravel and some plant cover. Even though these active fish have a good appetite, they will not touch the plants.
- Species – Moenkhausia sanctaefilomenae
- Common Name – Ballon Lamp Eye Tetra, Balloon Red Eye Tetra
- Origin – Brazil in South America, Bolivia
- Diet – Omnivore
- PH Range – 6 – 7.5
- Temperature – Tropical 22-28°c
- Breed Type – egg layer
- Current Size – approximately 3cm (Grows to approximately 4-5cm)
- Sex – Un-sexed