Serpae Tetra (Hyphessobrycon Eques)
The Serpae Tetra (Hyphessobrycon eques) is a small, colorful fish known for its vibrant red color and black patch near its dorsal fin. Native to the Amazon River Basin in South America, this active tetra makes a striking addition to any community aquarium.
Serpae Tetras have a striking appearance, with their bright red bodies and contrasting black dorsal fin markings. Adult Serpae Tetras typically reach about 1.5 inches in length.
Schooling by nature, Serpae Tetras should be kept in groups of at least 6 to promote natural behavior and reduce the likelihood of fin nipping. They prefer swimming in the middle area of the tank, and their active nature makes them an engaging species to watch. They are an active fish, but their temperament can range from peaceful to semi-aggressive.
Tank Habitat and Care:
Caring for Serpae Tetras is relatively easy, making them suitable for beginner aquarists. A well-planted tank of at least 20 gallons is recommended, with hiding spots such as caves or driftwood. Stable water parameters with soft to moderately hard water are essential for their health.
Serpae Tetras are omnivores and should be fed a balanced diet of high-quality flake or pellet foods, along with occasional live or frozen foods like daphnia, bloodworms, or brine shrimp for proper nutrition.
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