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Flame Tetra

Flame Tetra - Coloring

Flame Tetra, Hyphessobrycon flammeus
Flame Tetra

The Flame Tetra originates from the Rio de Janeiro area of Brazil. The coloring in pinkish/red and silver, with pink/red predominating in the back half. Two dark vertical bars are apparent behind the gill covers. The fins are edged in black.

Flame Tetra - Aquarium Setup

A planted tank with floating plant cover, hiding places and open swimming space is preferred. Flame Tetras are a typical schooling tetra and should be kept in groups of at least 6. They eat flake foods, freeze dried bloodworms and brine shrimp. Color is enhanced by a quality diet, soft water, breeding activity and lack of stress.

Flame Tetra - Compatibility

The Flame Tetra is compatible with Corydoras Catfish, Large Tetras, Mollies, Platies, Plecostomus, Swordtails, Zebra Danios

Flame Tetra - Breeding

Soft, slightly acidic water is best for breeding the Flame Tetra. Lighting should be greatly dimmed. Flame Tetras have adhesive eggs, so fine leaved plants should be used to catch the eggs. The parents should be removed after spawning. The fry will hatch within a couple of days and will survive several days on their yolk sac. The fry should be fed brine shrimp and then finely ground flake foods.

Flame Tetra - Profile

  • Scientific Name: Hyphessobrycon flammeus

  • Family: Characin

  • Temperature: 22 - 28 C; 72 - 82 F

  • pH: 5.8 - 7.8

  • Size: 2.5 cm; 1 inch

  • Life Span: 5 years

  • Breeding: Difficult, Egg Layer