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Rummy-nose tetra   (Hemigrammus rhodostomus)
Category: Fish



These South American natives are a long-time favorite of fish-keepers and are named for the vibrant red coloration on their head. In the wild, they inhabit stretches of mineral-deficient (soft), acidic river that is rich in decaying plant matter. They are sensitive to changes in water conditions and are considered “canaries in the coal mine” for aquarium water quality.




Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Actinopterygii
Order - Characiformes
Family - Characidae
Genus - Hemigrammus
Species - H. rhodostomus

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Interesting Animal Facts

Hey, Fishlips!

If you’ve ever worn lipstick (or kissed anybody wearing lipstick), you’ve probably had fish scales on your lips. Of course you won’t find “herring scales from commercial fishing hauls” on the ingredients list of your cosmetics - they list it as the regal-sounding “pearl essence” or “pearlescence.” But why? Because the scales of silvery fish that capture and reflect light so beautifully in the water function the same way on your lips. So maybe next time somebody calls you “fish lips,” don’t jump to conclusions too quickly, maybe they mean it as a compliment!

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