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Lemon Tetra Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis

The Lemon Tetra originally came from the lower Amazon.  It is distinguished by red in its eye and a splash of yellow on the front of the adipose fin.  There is also a slender streak of yellow on the dorsal fin.  The overall color is greenish yellow.  A thin red line runs the length of the body and is underscored with black.  The lower body is silver.  It is not very active and will benefit greatly from a school of 8 - 10.   They combine nicely with other large tetras.

A varied diet including quality flakes and live brine shrimp will enhance its color.  Hard water will reduce its color.  It will often appear almost colorless while on retail display.

Males will "dance" in a territorial display toward other males and toward females.  Males are more colorful and females are slightly larger and broader.  For breeding, use a heavily planted tank with dim lighting and warmer water.  Place one or more females with the male.  The male will defend a territory which females usually enter during the morning.  Eggs will be scattered on plants over a number of days.  Remove the adults after breeding.  Eggs will hatch in 24 hours and the fry will be swimming in about 5 days.  Feed the fry infusoria or extremely small flakes.

Lemon Tetra Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis
Scientific Name: Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis
Family: Characin
Temperature: 23 - 28 C; 73 - 82 F
pH: 7
Size: 4 cm; 1.5 inches
Life Span: 5 years
Breeding: Difficult, Egg Layer


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