Coffee Bean Tetra (Hyphessobrycon takasei)

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Coffee Bean Tetra

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Coffee Bean Tetra

Hyphessobrycon takasei

57 Litres (15 US G.)

3-4.1cm (1.2-1.6 ")




5.0 - 7.8

22 -26 °C (71.6-78.8°F)

10-25 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

3-5 years




Females are more rounded and robust than the slimmer males.

Tank compatibility[edit]

A peaceful shoaling fish that should be groups over 6 and best kept in a peaceful biotope set up.


Will take most foods including pellet and flake, as well as live/frozen foods such as brine shrimp and daphnia.

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit]

Appreciate open swimming space as well as tall plants to hide in. They don't like very strong currents or very bright lights. Sensitive to water parameters, so make sure they have a mature tank and good quality filter. Prefers soft acidic conditions.


This fish is a generally peaceful shoaling fish.


An attractive Tetra similar to the Serpae Tetra in shape. The body is paler however, from a pale orange to almost white and translucent with a hint of blue iridescence in the right light. There is a large black oval mark on the flanks behind the gill plate - shaped like a coffee bean giving this fish it's common name. The dorsal fin also has a dark spot with yellow colouration towards the base of the fin. The anal fin is pale orange and the pelvic fins yellow, the caudal fin is also a pale yellow. The eye also has a black vertical bar running through it.


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