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Origin: This fish's ancestors lived in the Amazon Rainforest in Southern South America, but this fish was spawned and raised on a famous fish farm, and these Tetras now live in many aquariums throughout most of the world.
Maximum Size: This fish can grow to be about 1.5" to 1.75" long including the tail.
Behaviors: These guys are active and quarrel with each other but don't do much harm.
They do tend to nip on long-finned, slow swimming fish like Angelfish and Bettas, but they are not so nippy if they are fed some live worms and/or freeze dried worms or bloodworms 3 or 4-times a week.
It's still important to also feed them some premium flake food, which contains a wide variety of nutrients.
Compatibility: Some recommended tank mates include small fish like other Tetras, Guppies, Platys, Corydoras Catfish, Gouramis, etc.
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Temperature: They can live pretty well from about 72 to 80 degrees F., but they're probably most comfortable at about 75 to 78 degrees F.
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Feeding: Premium Fish Food Flakes.
Serpae are notorious for nipping on each other and on other fish species, but this can be mitigated by feeding them some live worms or freeze dried bloodworms.
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Water Conditions: This fish seems to be tolerant of a wide range of water conditions. Probably a pH of about 7.0 with moderate hardness is best.
Most water in the US has a higher pH and is harder but seems to be OK, so it's probably best NOT to adjust the pH or the hardness of the water.
Here in our facilities the water is hard and the pH is usually about 7.8. We ship them in this water.
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Aquarium Size: It's best to house these fish in at least a 20-gallon aquarium, but bigger is better, because they quarrel with each other.
Keep at most one fish per gallon, when they're small, and one fish for each 2-gallons, when they're large.
Decor: They don't need gravel, and a layer of gravel more than 1/4" thick will usually fill with bits of uneaten food that will contaminate the water.
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Live Plants are beautiful, improve the water quality, and are enjoyed by these Tetras.
Aquarium Filter: Bio-Wheel Filters are highly recommended. A Penguin 200B Filter in an aquarium with 20 to 30-gallons of water is just right for these fish.
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The addition of Lava Rocks will keep nitrates in the ideal range. Click here to learn more about using Lava Rocks in aquariums.
Life Span: They'll probably live for a few years with good water and premium food.
Gender: The females fill with eggs and become plumper, as they mature.
Breeding: Tetras scatter their eggs on plants or special breeding mops made of nylon yarn.
Popularity: This is a long time favorite and is still very popular.
Names: The scientific name is Hyphessobrycon eques. It is said that the aquarium Serpaes are a hybrid of at least two and maybe more wild species.
This is also apparently true of several other types of aquarium fish and is nothing to worry about. Variations: There is also a long-finned variation and an albino variation.
This species occur over a wide range in South America and the color patters vary from location to location.
There may in fact be subspecies or various unnamed species.
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DrTom - 06/23/2015
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