Diamond Tetra (Moenkhausia Pittieri)
The Diamond Tetra is a stunning freshwater fish known for its shimmering scales and peaceful nature. Native to Venezuela's Lake Valencia and surrounding rivers, this beautiful fish is an excellent addition to community aquariums with its easy-going temperament and relatively simple care requirements.
Diamond Tetras have a silver, somewhat translucent body with an iridescent sheen that reflects light like a diamond, giving them their name. They can reach up to 2.5 inches in length and feature a tall dorsal fin and a forked tail. Males typically have more extended fins and a more vibrant coloration than females.
Diamond Tetras are peaceful, social fish that enjoy the company of their own kind. They are schooling fish, and keeping them in groups of at least 6 helps promote their well-being and natural behavior. They are non-aggressive and can coexist with a variety of similarly-sized, peaceful fish.
Tank Habitat and Care:
Diamond Tetras thrive in a well-planted aquarium of at least 20 gallons, with plenty of hiding spots and open swimming areas. They prefer a soft, sandy substrate and appreciate the addition of driftwood and leaf litter. Water parameters should be maintained at a pH of 6.0-7.5, a hardness of 5-19 dGH, and a temperature of 75-82°F (24-28°C).
Diamond Tetras are omnivorous and require a balanced diet for optimal health. They should be fed high-quality flake food, small pellets, and a mix of frozen or live foods such as brine shrimp, daphnia, and bloodworms.
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