Serpae Tetra

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Common name: Serpae Tetra

Scientific name: Hyphessobrycon eques; previously Hyphessobrycon callistus, Hyphessobrycon serpae, Tetragonopterus callistus

Family: Characidae

Origin: Amazon basin

Maximum size: 1.75 inches

Minimum Tank Size: 15 gallons

Temperature: 75-80 degrees

Care: A schooling fish. Needs to be in groups of at least six. A mid dwelling tetra. This fish is a known fin nipper so be careful what tank mates you put in with them. They prefer a planted tank with places to hide and low light. Keep with community fish like danios and gourami.

Feeding: flake food, live foods.

Sexing: Females are pinker in color with bigger stomachs. Males are more red with longer anal fins.

Breeding: Remove parents after breeding. Eggs hatch within 24-28 hours. Condition the pair on live foods and keep eggs away from direct sunlight. Eggs are transparent and hard to see.

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