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Hyphessobrycon bentosi bentosi
Origin: Guyana, Brazil, Peru
The male is larger, its dorsal and anal fins are pointed and elongated
60 L / 13 imp gal / 13 US gal
T°: 24 to 28°C or 75 to 82°F
pH: 5.5 to 6.8
Hardness: 1 to 8°dGH
4 to 5 cm (1.6 to 2")
3 to 5 years
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How to feed the Ornate tetra?
Omnivorous: the Ornate tetra accepts all forms of food.
What kind of behavior does the Ornate tetra have?
Lively and sociable fish. Like all species of the genus, its gregarious instinct imposes mandatory maintenance in groups of several individuals (ideally 10). This species forms temporary dominance hierarchies in which males compete for the attention of the females. They therefore exhibit a more interesting behaviour and a better colour when they are maintained in large numbers.
Who can live with the Ornate tetra?
Very peaceful, a community aquarium is accepted. Watch out for some species that may nibble their fins (Barbus Sumatra or Danio Rerio for example) and the predation of large fish.
It can be harmoniously associated with other small Characidae, Corydoras or large or small cichlids (Scalar, Discus, Ramirezi...). It will be necessary to be more careful with the cohabitation with the Corydoras because they can be frightened by too active fish.
How to breed the Ornate tetra?
Very difficult. Place in a spawning tank (20 liters / 4.4 imp Gal / 5 Us Gal) equipped with a protective grid and Java moss, a male and a female. Couples often refuse to spawn because they are very sensitive to atmospheric pressure and begin to spawn when prolonged high pressure begins to fall. Temperature at 26°C or 79°F and pH at 6.8. A complete lay can count up to 1200 eggs. The incubation lasts 24 hours.
Fry food: nauplies of artemia or cyclops.
Which aquarium for the Ornate tetra?
Its decor has little influence on this Tetra. However, it seems that a dark substrate and a well-planted aquarium make the Ornate tetra more comfortable in its new habitat. It will also prefer the presence of floating plants that will shade some areas of the tank. It is also a good swimmer, so it needs a lot of space for its travels. Install a filter on peat will be a plus.
Finally, the water must always be clean: weekly water changes are necessary (in a tank already cycled and mature).
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Often confused with Hyphessobrycon erythrostigma. Nevertheless, it is distinguished by its smaller size and the absence of a red spot on the body.
It is sensitive to abrupt changes in water parameters that can weaken it.
It is a predator of greedy fry, do not try to raise your species in the presence of this fish.
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