Species group: Tetras
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Scientific name: Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis
The Lemon Tetra is a small, colorful schooling fish which is native to the Amazon River basin in South America, and particularly to Rio Tapajos in Brazil. Lemon Tetras were popular when first introduced into the hobby in the 1950's, but have lost favor recently as commercial breeding has resulted in more muted coloration. They are schooling fish and usually kept in shoals of six or more. This makes them happier, more active and colorful. A lonely Lemon Tetra becomes stressed and goes into hiding. Being timid by nature, housing them with large or aggressive fish is not safe.
Like many other members of the Tetra family, Lemon Tetras make great community tank fish, and do well with other species of tetras and other small fish which are not large or aggressive.
Lemon Tetras are best housed in a tank with a capacity of at least 10 gallons. Sudden changes to the environment is best avoided. These fish thrive in a well-planted tank with dim lighting. Driftwood may also be provided.
beautiful yellow color, smaller tank, community aquarium, great beginner fish, large school
lower light conditions, yellow fins, dense vegetation, flake food