Columbian Tetra (Hyphessobrycon columbianus)

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Columbian Tetra

Hyphessobrycon columbianus

114 Litres (30 US G.)

5.1-6.4cm (2-2.5 ")




5.0 - 7.0

22.8-27.8°C (73 -82 °F)

3-12 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods
Other (See article)

5-12 years



Additional names

Columbian Tetra, Blue Flame Tetra

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Males are more brightly coloured with slightly more elongated and elaborate fins, especially the dorsal fin. Males are slimmer than females.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

An active community fish that should be kept in shoals of 6 or more. Will happily co-exist with equally active robust fish, but do not keep with long-finned, slow-moving or shy fish as the Columbian Tetra is very likely to fin-nip.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Omnivorous, will take pellets and flake as well as live and frozen food.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

This fish prefers a spacious tank with open swimming place and room to shoal. Some hiding places in plants would be appreciated.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A peaceful shoaling fish that may fin-nip longer-finned fish if not kept in a reasonable sized shoal.

Identification[edit | edit source]

An attractive little tetra, a high-backed tetra with Piranha-like visible teeth. It's body is pale in colour with vivid blue/green iridescence. The fins are red in colour, the caudal fin being the most vibrant.

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