The Flame Tetra, also known as Von Rio Tetra (Hyphessobrycon flammeus), is a popular freshwater aquarium fish that is native to South America. These fish are named “Flame Tetras” due to their striking reddish-orange coloration, which resembles a flame. They are a small and peaceful species that are often kept in community aquariums.
Here are some key characteristics and care information for Flame Tetras:
- Size: Flame Tetras typically grow to about 1.5 to 2 inches (3.8 to 5 centimeters) in length, making them a relatively small fish.
- Coloration: As mentioned, their coloration is one of their most attractive features. They have a vibrant red or orange body with a black patch on their dorsal fin and an iridescent stripe that runs along their body.
- Temperament: Flame Tetras are peaceful and social fish, and they do well in community aquariums with other non-aggressive species. They are known for their schooling behavior, so it’s recommended to keep them in groups of at least six to make them feel more secure and reduce stress.
- Aquarium Requirements: Flame Tetras thrive in a well-maintained aquarium. A tank of at least 10 gallons is suitable for a small group. Maintain stable water parameters, with a temperature range of 72-79°F (22-26°C), a pH level of 6.0-7.5, and soft to moderately hard water.
- Diet: These fish are omnivorous and will accept a variety of foods. Their diet can include high-quality flake or pellet foods, live or frozen foods like brine shrimp, daphnia, and bloodworms, as well as some vegetable matter.
- Breeding: Flame Tetras are relatively easy to breed. To encourage breeding, provide them with soft, slightly acidic water, and plants for them to lay their eggs on. After spawning, remove the adults, as they may eat their own eggs or fry. The fry can be fed with infusoria or finely crushed flake food.
- Tankmates: Flame Tetras are compatible with other peaceful community fish like other tetras, rasboras, guppies, and small catfish. Avoid aggressive or fin-nipping species.
- Behavior: They are active swimmers and should be provided with plenty of open swimming space and hiding places in the form of plants, driftwood, or decorations.
In summary, Flame Tetras are an attractive and peaceful addition to a community aquarium. With proper care and maintenance of their habitat, they can thrive and display their vivid colors for years.