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Lemon Tetra – Hyphessobrycon Pulchripinnis


Common name: Lemon Tetra

Scientific name: Hyphessobrycon Pulchripinnis

Average Adult Fish Size:  1.6 inches  /  4 cm

Place of Origin: South America, Brazil.

Typical Tank setup: Well planted with rocks and driftwood/bogwood. They love playing in a moderate to strong current.

Recommended Minimum Aquarium Capacity: 15 gallon / 60 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: 72 – 82 Deg F / 22 – 28 Deg C

Water chemistry: pH 5.5 – 7.5

Feeding: Very easy to feed and will accept most commercially available normal tropical flakes with the occasional “treat” of Brine Shrimp, Bloodworm and Daphnia.

Sexing:  The female Lemon Tetra is a slightly larger adult fish and has a smaller, less distinct black edge to the anal fin than the male.

Breeding: Dimly lit tank with some fine leaved plants on the bottom to catch the eggs will encourage breeding. Be sure to remove parents after they have spawned to avoid them eating the eggs.

Additional Information: This tetra is generally 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. This hardy, inexpensive fish is a welcome addition to many community tanks.