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Lamp Eye Tetra


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product highlights

  • Diet: Flake, Frozen, Freeze-dried
  • Maximum size: 3"
  • Water temperature: 72-82° F
  • Swimming level: Middle
  • Schooling fish (5+)
  • Experience level: Beginner
  • Tank Setup: 10+ gallons, densely planted

Great for beginner aquarists, tetras are attractive, hardy fish that come in a variety of colorations and color patterns. Tetras are an active, peaceful, schooling fish that mix well with other community fish. They prefer to swim in schools of five or more. Tetras can share their aquarium with other community danios, rasboras, catfish and less aggressive barbs and gouramis.

Instead of plants, tetras eat aquatic crustaceans, worms and aquatic insect larvae. Vary their diet by including frozen or freeze-dried bloodworms, tubifex worms and other small worms, mosquito larvae and daphnia. You will see your tetras swimming in the middle of your aquarium. To create a beautiful environment, be sure to add some top and bottomswimmers as well. Ask a PetSmart associate to help you choose.

Learn about the Lamp Eye Tetra

Common Name
Lamp Eye Tetra

Other Common Names
Red Eye Tetra, Glass Tetra

Scientific Name
Moenkhausia sanctaefilomenae


Feeding Habits
Live blood worms, glass worms, brine shrimp and tubifex worms. Frozen vegetable diet, daphnia, plankton, beef heart, brine shrimp, glass worms and blood worms. Flake and freeze dried foods also accepted.

Peaceful and schooling with fish of the same size.

Bolivia-Paraguay: Moderately decorated with rocks, live plants and driftwood.

Female is rounder and has a fuller body. During spawning up to 2000 eggs can be produced.

Additional Comments
Lamp Eyes like to nibble on live plants, but will not cause substantial damage to them.

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Lamp Eye Tetra
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Lamp Eye Tetra is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 24.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutily Positivly Amazing I got 20 of these guys for my 65 gallon tank. After I put these guys in they started schooling and that's why I got them. Also don't feed them right after you put them in (I have made my mistakes.) I had 5 lamp eyes 2 years ago they were great fish absolutely excellent. Now I have 20 and they are the masterpiece of my tank. Remember next time you come to Pet Smart GET some of these. Sorry if you don't like this I'm only 11 and I love fish. I want to spread fish keeping someday.:):):)
Date published: 2013-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tight Community I was looking to buy a schooling fish and this was by far the most impressive schooling fish in the store. I love how they all move in unison and more often than not, they are together. I recommend getting at least 4 or 5.
Date published: 2010-10-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from know what you are doing These tetras are overall a very good, quality fish, but can act very aggressively towards their own kind or smaller fish. Personally I would not recommend these fish to be in a small peaceful tank environment. What I have noticed with my 5 tetras in my 37 gallon tank is that one has to be the dominant one against the others. Also the older they are, the more aggressive they can be, if you are a beginner be cautious!
Date published: 2014-05-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from These are great fish. This is my 1st aquarium so I wanted some easy, hearty, personalty filled fish. I got 5 lamp eyes and theya re awesome. They are mostly in a school but do tend to be venturous and wander by themselves. They currently live with 5 Mickey Mouse Platies and get along great with them.
Date published: 2011-10-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good beginner fish I got this fish on 02/10/10. It matches with pretty much any colour. I have one redsword tail, one zebra daino, one lamp eye tetra, and two baby fancy guppies. They all get along but you should at least get two or more lamp eye tetras to make them happy. Great overall.
Date published: 2010-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect starter fish Just got 5 of these to help start my community for my 15 gal. aquarium. They were a little stressed out and nervous when they got first introduced. But within about 15min. they got comfortable and starting swimming around. They love to school and really love my aquarium bubbler (see picture). Playing with them for a little bit, they all have personality. Since they are a schooling fish would recommend getting more the one.
Date published: 2014-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Fish I bought 3 lamp eye tetras with 4 zebra danios for my 20 gallon. When first introduced the fish are extremly skitish for about 3 hours. the great part happens at night. they will start chasing each other all around but are very shy during the day.
Date published: 2013-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from RED Eyes Super cool fish!!!! LOves to be in group I reccomed 3 at least. Cause I got 3. Love to school. Good fish for anyone.
Date published: 2012-12-11
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