Bucktooth Tetra (Exodon Paradoxus)
The Bucktooth Tetra is a unique and fascinating freshwater fish native to the Amazon Basin in South America. Known for their distinctive, sharp teeth and aggressive behavior, these fish are best suited for experienced aquarists who can provide them with the specialized care and environment they require.
Bucktooth Tetras have an elongated, streamlined body that can reach up to 3 inches in length. They display a silver body with red accents on their fins and a black spot near the base of the tail. Their most distinguishing feature is their prominent, sharp teeth, which they use to hunt and defend themselves.
Bucktooth Tetras are aggressive, predatory fish that are best kept in a species-specific aquarium. They are schooling fish and should be kept in groups of at least 6 to help disperse aggression. Their predatory nature and powerful bite make them unsuitable for community tanks with smaller or peaceful fish.
Tank Habitat and Care:
Bucktooth Tetras require a well-planted aquarium of at least 55 gallons, with plenty of open swimming space and hiding spots. They prefer a sandy or fine gravel substrate and appreciate the addition of driftwood and rocks in their environment. Water parameters should be maintained at a pH of 5.0-7.5, a hardness of 2-12 dGH, and a temperature of 73-82°F.
Bucktooth Tetras are carnivorous, and their diet should consist primarily of meaty foods such as live or frozen brine shrimp, daphnia, bloodworms, and small fish. They can also be fed high-quality pellets, but their preference for live prey should be taken into consideration.
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