Tetras | Candy Cane Tetra

Tetras | Candy Cane Tetra

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(Please note that the fish shown in the photo is only a representative of what an adult specimen would look like. The color may vary based on the age and sex of the fish you receive.)

Scientific Name:  Hyphessobrycon bentosi

Common Name:  Ornate Tetra, White Tip Tetra, False Rosy Tetra, Bentos Tetra and White Fin Ornate Tetra

Adult Size: 3 inches

Life Expectancy: 3 - 5 years

Habitat: Amazon basin in Peru and in slow moving creeks that branch off from the Amazon River

Minimum Tank Size: 20 gallons

Ideal Tank Conditions: 

  • Temperature Range: 73 - 82° F
  • pH Range: 6.6 - 7.2
  • Water Hardness: 3 – 12

    Temperament: Peaceful

    Diet & Nutrition: Will readily eat micro pellets, quality flake foods, and “treats” of fresh, frozen, or freeze dried bloodworms, tubifex, and brine shrimp.

    Breeding & Spawning: The breeding pair should be isolated in a separate tank with floating or other fine leaved plants where the female will distribute her eggs, and a seeded sponge filter to provide aeration and water circulation.  Immediately after spawning, the parents should be removed from the tank.   The eggs hatch in 24 hours and about five days after hatching, the fry should be free swimming and can be fed infusoria or finely crushed flake food. 

    Gender: Males have longer fins and the females are usually shorter and more plump.