The Penguin Tetra originates from streams in Brazil. It is also know as the Penguin Fish and the Hockey Stick
Tetra. It is predominantly white or olive with a thick black band running down the lateral line and into the
lower half of the tail fin. The belly is silvery. The penguin gets its name from the fact that it swims in a
partly upright position instead of the horizontal pattern typical of most fish.
Penguins are a good beginner fish as they are quite hardy and peaceful, though they will nip
at the fins of slow moving tank mates. A dark substrate with bushy plants is recommended. Groups of 6 or more are
best. The penguin eats standard flake foods and will enjoy the occasional live brine shrimp.
Feed Penguins live foods to bring on spawning. The females will be larger than the males.
Combining several males and females is the best way to ensure a mating pair are combined. The tank bottom
can be covered in java moss to catch the eggs. The female will release hundreds of eggs and these will hatch
within 24 hours. The parents should be removed after spawning. The fry should be fed brine shrimp.
||22 - 28
C; 72 - 82 F
||6 cm; 2.5 inches
||Normal, Egg Layer
Black Skirt Tetra, Blind
Cave Tetra, Bloodfin, Buenos Aires Tetra, Cherry
Barb, Clown Loach, Congo Tetra, Diamond Tetra, Dwarf
Gourami, Emperor Tetra, Flame Tetra, GloFish,
Harlequin Rasbora, Head-and-Tail-Light Tetra,
Iridescent Shark, Kuhli Loach, Lemon Tetra, Molly,
Otto Catfish, Pearl Gourami, Platy,
Red Eye Tetra, Red Tailed Shark, Rosy Barb, Sailfin
Molly, Serpae Tetra, Silver Dollar, Silver
Hatchetfish, Silver Tip Tetra, Swordtail, Zebra