Flag Tetra (Hyphessobrycon heterorhabdus)

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Flag Tetra

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Flag Tetra

Hyphessobrycon heterorhabdus

57 Litres (15 US G.)

3-4 cm (1.2-1.6")




5.5 - 7.5

23 -28 °C (73.4-82.4°F)

10-15 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

3-5 years



Additional names

Flag Tetra, Belgian Flag Tetra

Additional scientific names

Tetragonopterus heterorhabdus

Origin[edit | edit source]

South America: lower Amazon River basin.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Females are fuller in the belly and larger than males.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

A peaceful shoaling fish, keep in groups of 6 or more and with other peaceful community fish.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Will take most foods including pellets and flake as well as live/frozen food such as bloodworm and daphnia.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Does better in acidic water. They prefer a densely planted tank with hiding places and some open swimming space. This fish can be sensitive to water conditions, mature tanks only.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A peaceful shoaling community fish. If kept singly, the fish will die, must be kept in groups.

Identification[edit | edit source]

This fish has a laterally compressed body and the back is brownish black to silver, while the belly is silver. A black band extends from the gill cover through the caudal. Above is an iridescent green to yellow stripe, above this stripe is an orange line. The iris is orange to red.
Can be mistaken for Hyphessobrycon amapaensis, however H.heterorhabdus's black band under the red lateral band is much bolder than H.amapaensis.

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