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The Glowlight Tetra bears a striking resemblance to the Red-line Rasbora, which is found popularly in Indonesia as well as Malaysia. However, they are from a completely different species. Amateurs have also been known to mistake the Glowlight Tetra for the Black Neon Tetra. The Glowlight Tetra has a life span of two to five years. Conditions such as the condition of the tank and the type of nutrition have a significant effect on the lifespan of the Glowlight Tetras.

Temperament and Social Behavior. The Glowlight Tetra is known for its calm and peaceful nature. Apart from its striking looks, it is one of the reasons why people love to have this fish in their tanks. They portray very Zen-like behavior, which can be very calming to watch. This tetra species is also very active and is happiest in a school of around five fish of the same species. However, they do not appreciate being kept in a habitat with bigger fishes that may see them as prey. The Glowlight Tetra is a schooling fish that has compatibility with other fishes as well. They get along very well with Black Neon Tetras and Neon Tetras and also Loricariids and Corydoras to a certain extent.

Interesting Fact: They are known to exhibit fin-flicking occasionally, but it is not classified as predatory behavior. It could just be reacting to the high acidity in the water or responding to an itch on the body. There is a stark difference between the behavior of a Glowlight Tetra and an Albino. Albino Glowlight Tetras are a lot lazier. This could perhaps be due to their extreme sensitivity to light as they lack melanin in their skin. Their eyesight also gets severely affected, which is why they do not hunt for food like their healthy siblings. Habitat and Living Conditions. Glowlight tetra closeup The Glowlight Tetra originally belonged to the Essequibo River in Guyana of South America.

However, since they are primarily reared in a tank, we shall discuss the living conditions of a tank. This species of tetra flourishes in a tank of about 15 to 20 gallons of water.

The ideal temperature of the water for a Glowlight Tetra is about 72° – 82°F or 22° – 28°C.

The pH of the water on both extremes should not exceed 5.5 on the lower side or 7 on, the higher side.

The hardness range of the water should not be less than 2 dGH or higher than 15 dGH. The ideal conditions inside the tank should have the following:

Dark sand or river sand on the bottom to mimic a natural biotype inside the tank Few rocks from small to medium size on the substrate Bits of root and small branches of driftwood to create hiding places as well as for adding aesthetic charm A couple of dried leaves to reduce the stark clarity of the water and give it a slightly brownish natural feel A handful of peat that is aquarium-safe can also be added to the filter to help simulate their natural habitat

The Glowlight Tetra does not require a lot of plants on the substrate as their natural habitat is quite bare at the bottom A couple of floating plants will help dim the lighting conditions and make the Tetras appreciate the tank even more. Dim lighting conditions will also make their bright-colored stripes pop, which makes them all the more beautiful.

The Glowlight Tetra is a hardy fish and can withstand a wide range of environmental conditions. However, it does not mean that you neglect them in any way.

Feeding and Nutrition of the Glowlight Tetras. Glowlight Tetras primarily feed on aquatic insect larvae. As an omnivorous fish, it feeds on flakes, dry and frozen foods inside a tank. The Glowlight Tetra is not fussy about its diet, so it is quite effortless to look after. However, it is essential to keep their diet in the right mix so that they get all the necessary nutrients. A balanced diet is vital to keep them in healthy conditions and also keep their colors vibrant. The different types of food that you can feed your Glowlight Tetra are: Blood worm Brine shrimp Flakes Pellets and tablets Water flea The Glowlight Tetra requires a feeding frequency of up to three times a day. They typically do not overeat or eat anything that has fallen to the bottom. But it is also essential that keep the amount of food that they can eat under a couple of minutes. This is important to keep the tank and the overall environment clean.