African Red Eye Tetra (Arnoldichthys spilopterus)


A larger growing and colorful tetra found in lakes and rivers throughout West Africa, the African Red Eye or Big Scaled Tetra is a robust and hardy schooling fish. Best kept in groups of at least 5, they will also do well with other larger tankmates. In the aquarium, they are hardy and undemanding. The addition of tannins in the form of Indian Almond Leaves or other botanicals will help bring out their best coloration.



African Red Eye Tetra (Arnoldichthys spilopterus)

Origin: Wild West Africa
Locale: Lower Niger River Basin, Nigeria
Diet: Omnivore and micropredator, will readily accept most small frozen or prepared foods
Adult Size: 4″
Recommended Tank Size: 30 gallons+
Compatibility: Can be slightly aggressive for a tetra, best kept in schools and with larger tankmates

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.5 – 7.2
Temp:                     76-82F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm