Pinktail Chalceus Tetra

Tetras | Pinktail Chalceus 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: Chalceus macrolepidotus

Common Name: Pinktail Chalceus Tetra, Pinktail Characin

Adult Size: 12 inches

Life Expectancy: 15 years

Habitat: Brazil, Colombia, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, and Venezuela

Aquarium Size: 55 gallons

Ideal Water Conditions:

  • Temperature Range: 73 - 82°F
  • pH Range: 6 - 8
  • Hardness Range: 5 - 18

Temperament: Semi-aggressive; does best when kept either as a single specimen, or in a group with more than 6 fish. In smaller groups, they tend to scrap with one another. Other than this, it is a good addition to many larger communities.

Diet & Nutrition: Feeds primarily on insects and aquatic crustaceans in nature. While dried foods are usually accepted, a good proportion of the diet should contain meaty foods such as prawns, mussel, bloodworms, chopped earthworms etc.

Breeding & Spawning: There are few reports of captive breeding. A large capacity aquarium with mature fish would be required for any spawning attempts. Several thousand small eggs are said to be scattered over bushy vegetation over the course of a few hours. Depending on temperature, the eggs should hatch within 48 hours, and the fry are free-swimming within 4 days at which point they can be offered baby brine shrimp.

Gender: Can be hard to determine, with no readily obvious differences. However, once the fish attain a size of ~8 inches in length, the females are said to appear fuller bellied.