Flame Tetra (Hyphessobrycon Flammeus)
The Flame Tetra, also known as the Red Tetra, is a small, brilliantly colored freshwater fish native to Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state. Its striking appearance, peaceful demeanor, and adaptability make it an excellent choice for community aquariums, particularly those with other small, non-aggressive fish.
Flame Tetras have slender, elongated bodies that grow to around 1.5 inches in length. They exhibit a vibrant red-orange coloration, with a striking iridescent silver stripe running laterally from the gill cover to the tail. Males typically have a more intense coloration than females and may display an elongated dorsal fin.
These peaceful fish are social creatures that thrive in schools of at least 6 or more individuals. They are non-aggressive and can coexist harmoniously with a variety of other small, peaceful fish species. Flame Tetras are active swimmers and enjoy exploring all levels of the aquarium.
Tank Habitat and Care:
A minimum aquarium size of 10 gallons is recommended for Flame Tetras, but they will thrive in larger, well-planted tanks with plenty of hiding spots. Provide dim lighting and use floating plants to create a sense of security. Maintain water parameters at a pH of 6.0-7.5, a hardness of 5-20 dGH, and a temperature of 75-81°F (24-27°C).
Flame Tetras are omnivores and require a balanced diet for optimal health. Feed them high-quality flake food, small pellets, and a variety of frozen or live foods such as brine shrimp, daphnia, and bloodworms.
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