Discover how splash tetras earned their name from the unusual way they lay their eggs.
- Splash tetras lay their eggs on leaves.
- Male splash tetras find well-protected leaves by leaping out of the water.
- The male and female splash tetras lay their eggs by leaping onto the leaf in unison.
- The male splash tetra has to keep the eggs wet until they hatch by splashing them continuously with water.
Although they live in the water the splash tetra fish lay their eggs on leaves.
This requires some remarkable behaviour.
First the male splash tetra jumps out of the water to inspect overhanging leaves.
He's looking for one that is well protected, easy to stick to, and close to the water.
His leap ...
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