Lemon Tetra Tropical Fish Information

Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis
Lemon Tetra
Behaviour Peaceful, shoaling
Typical size 3cm
Max size 4cm
Tank Area Middle, top, all
Min Tank Size 60cm
Min Number 5
Temp Min: 23℃ Max: 28℃
Feeding Flake, dried, frozen, live foods. Good feeding will encourage colour
pH Range 6-8.5
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Lemon Tetra Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis
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Lemon Tetra (Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis)

Lemon Tetra Tropical Fish Learn all about the Lemon Tetra's feeding habits and food types, its behaviour, its origins, its natural habitats, is it male or female, breeding advice and information, suitable tank mates, its sizing and growth range, minimum tank size, water PH and more. Use our fish community creator tool to plan your tank set up and ensure that the Lemon Tetra is the right fish for your aquarium.

The Lemon Tetra is a small and peaceful shoaling fish which will adapt well to most water conditions. To keep these fish properly they should be kept in groups in aquariums with open swimming spaces and plenty of densely planted areas. A darker substrate and subdued lighting and/or areas of cover will help. The yellow body colour often fades but will increase with a good variety of foods and/or colour enhancing foods.

Family Characidae (Characins) | Synonyms Hemigrammus erythrophthalmus | Origin South America | Breeding Egg scatterer; Spawns in areas of dense vegetation | Natural Water Conditions pH 5.5-8.0 Medium-very hard | Natural Habitat Small, heavily vegetated streams | Sexing Males anal fin has a pronounced black edge

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