Serpae tetra – Hyphessobrycon eques
The Serpae tetra comes from Amazonia. It is best to keep these fish in small groups.
Maximum Size: The maximum length is 1.75 inches.
Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons or larger tank is appropriate.
Care Level: The Serpae tetra is a hardy fish. On a scale of 1 –10, (10 being easy) it would rate a “8”.
Tank Conditions: Temperature 75 - 82°F; pH: 4.8 – 8.5.
Description: The serpae tetra has a classic tetra body. The pelvic, anal and caudal fins are red. There is a black vertical stripe by the gills.
Temperament: Serpae tetra are small, peaceful. They are compatible with other active fish of similar size. Like most tetras it does best in groups. They can be feisty, so do not mix them with neon tetras.
Diet: Omnivore Live mosquito larvae, Tubifex worms, crustaceans, Drosophila; high quality flake foods
Habitat: Provide with live plants, floating plants, rocks, roots etc. There should be gentle surface water movement
Compatibility: Serpae tetra in general can be kept with most other species that can handle the ph and temperature requirements. It is an active fish. It is best to keep in small groups.
Remember that as you look to add more fish to a tank, you will need to increase the tank size. As with all aquarium setups, whether it is fresh or salt, consideration needs to be given to the maintenance of water quality. Too many fish can result in poor water quality that can stress and even kill our fish.