Common name: Ember Tetra, Red Dwarf Tetra, Fire Tetra
Scientific name: Hyphessobrycon Amandae
Average Adult Fish Size: 0.8 inches / 2 cm
Place of Origin: South America, in the state of Mato Grosso.
Typical Tank setup: Heavily planted with rocks and driftwood/bogwood. Dark substrate is recommended with floating plants. Gentle water flow is recommended.
Recommended Minimum Aquarium Capacity: 10 gallon / 45 litre
Compatibility: It is very common to find tetras with Corydoras as companions, as they are both quite peaceful and other tank mates like Guppies, other Tetras, Rasboras, Mollies & Platies
Temperature: 68 – 82 Deg F / 20 – 28 Deg C
Water chemistry: pH 5.0 – 7.0
Feeding: It is recommended to feed the Ember Tetra normal tropical flake foods with the occasional addition of frozen foods such as Artemia.
Sexing: The female Ember Tetra is a rounder bodied fish whilst the males tend to be more colourful, especially when in adult breeding condition.
Breeding: The Ember tetra has no parental care, they simply scatter eggs and leave them to fend for themselves so provided the aquarium is well covered with plenty of plants then fry may survive without intervention however if you are actively trying to breed them then it would be recommended to introduce a mesh at the bottom of the aquarium for the eggs to fall through so the adult fish cannot get to them once they have been scattered.
Additional Information: This tetra is very peaceful but they are sometimes prone to fin nipping on some of their tank mates. Keeping them in a school of 6 or more may help alleviate this problem.