Silvertip tetra (Hasemania nana)

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Silvertip tetra

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Silvertip tetra

Hasemania nana

38 Litres (10 US G.)

2-3cm (0.8-1.2 ")




6.0 - 8.0

22 -28 °C (71.6-82.4°F)

5-19 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

5-8 years



Additional names

Silvertip Tetra, Kobbertetra, Kupfersalmler, Silver-tipped Tetra, Tipped Tetra, Copper Tetra

Additional scientific names

Tetragonopterus nanus, Hemigrammus nanus, Hasemania marginata


South America: São Francisco River basin in Minas Gerais, Brazil.


Mature females are slightly fuller in the belly than males and they have a yellow tipped anal fin. Males have a white tipped anal fin and may be richer in body colour.

Tank compatibility[edit]

A peaceful shoaling community fish, does well with other peaceful and non-aggressive or predatory fish. Keep in groups of 6 or more, preferably over 10. Can be a fin nipper if not kept in a shoal.


Will accept most foods including pellets and flake as well as live/frozen food such as bloodworm, brine shrimp and daphnia. Will take food from surface and occasionally from the substrate.

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed one or twice a day. More if young.

Environment specifics[edit]

The Silvertip Tetra prefers acidic water (for breeding) and a densely planted tank with open swimming space.


A peaceful shoaling species of Tetra.


An attractive fish that looks good in a shoal. The body is pale yellow to gold in colour, a black horizontal band runs from the caudal peduncle to the middle of the fork of the caudal fin. Both lobes of the caudal fin, the tip of the dorsal and anal fins are tipped with white, giving the fish its common name.


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