Tetras | Serpae Tetra

Tetras | Serpae 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 Eques

Common Name: Serpae Tetra, Red Tetra, Red Minor Tetra

Adult Size: 1.5 inches

Life Expectancy: 7 years

Habitat: South America

Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons

Ideal Tank Conditions: 

  • Temperature Range: 72 - 82°F 
  • pH Range: 6.5 - 7.5
  • Water Hardness: 5 - 20

    Temperament: Peaceful

    Diet & Nutrition:  Serpae Tetra, or Red Minor Tetra, will generally eat all kinds of live, fresh, and flake foods. 

    Breeding & Spawning: The Serpae Tetra has been bred in captivity and, in fact, a long fin variety has been developed. They are egg layers and easily bred, making them ideal candidates for the beginning aquarist interested in a breeding project. They reach a breeding age at about 8 to 10 months of age. However these are egg scattering spawners that exhibit no parental care. It is best to set up a dedicated breeding tank and remove the parents immediately after spawning or they will eat the eggs.

    Gender: Males are more brightly colored than females, and their dorsal fin is almost solid black. Females lack color in the lower part of the fin. Also, females are fuller-bodied.