Filament Tetra (Bryconaethiops microstoma)

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Filament Tetra

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Filament Tetra

Bryconaethiops microstoma

246 Litres (65 US G.)

12-15 cm (4.7-5.9")




6.0 - 7.5

24 -28 °C (75.2-82.4°F)

8-18 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

5-10 years



Additional names

Filament Tetra

Additional scientific names

Brachyalestes mocquardianus, Bryconaethiops microstoma mocquardiana, Bryconaethiops mocquardianus, Bryconaethiops microstoma habereri

Origin[edit | edit source]

Africa: Lake Kivu in Rwanda, Ogowe River in Gabon, Upper Congo, Cameroon.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Not known, females may appear fuller in the belly than males.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

Best kept in shoals of 6 or more in a species tank or with robust similar sized tank mates.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Will accept most foods but prefers a meaty diet with foods such as shrimp, bloodworm and brine shrimp.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Keep this fish in a spacious tank with open swimming space and some hiding places provided in bogwood and rocks.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A medium sized shoaling fish, can be nippy.

Identification[edit | edit source]

An elongate and high-backed fish with large scales and deep silver colouration, the dorsal fin has elongated spines and reduced fins giving it a long "spiky" look. All fins are darker in colour than the body and edged in black. The anal fin also has white edging.

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