Max Size: 16cm

Blue Spot African Tetra (Brycinus poptae)

Blue Spot African Tetras make an excellent addition to the larger community aquarium. However, small or slow-moving species may be intimidated by their size and constant activity and may be outcompeted for food. Ideally, it would be best if you kept these Tetras in a dedicated West African setup, with other Characins such as Congo tetras or the African Red-eyed Tetra.

Other tankmates could include Cichlid species such as Pelvicachromis or Hemichromis, as well as Synodontis Catfish. In addition, Brycinus poptae will make an ideal shoaling fish for large tanks comprising South American Cichlids such as Geophagus, Uaru and Satanoperca. Finally, it would be best to keep a group of at least six individuals as these Tetras do much better when they are in the company of their kind.

It would be best to provide plenty of open swimming space as these Tetras are very active. These fish will show their best colours if you use a darker substrate and some areas of dense planting. Adding floating plants is also advised to diffuse the light, so the fish are less prone to episodes of edginess.

Over much of its natural range, the water is heavily stained with tannins from decaying vegetation and other organic material. You can replicate this by adding safe aquarium peat to the substrate or filter if you wish, although it isn't necessary. However, these Tetras are very sensitive to deteriorating water conditions; therefore, a rigorous maintenance regime is essential to their future health.

Blue Spot African Tetras have long torpedo-shaped bodies and huge eyes. These Tetras also have silvery bodies that display a small dark bluish-black blotch on the lateral part of their body and a more significant and more prominent dark blotch near their caudal fin that is outlined with white shading. All their fins are transparent except for the caudal fin that has two orangy-brown splashes.

Quick Facts
Scientific NameBrycinus poptae
Other NamesNone
OriginsCameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Aquarium LevelMiddle - Top
Best kept asGroups 6+
Lifespan3 - 5 years
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH6.0 - 8.0
GH5 - 20
71 - 82℉
21.7 - 27.8℃

Photos of the Blue Spot African Tetra

Blue Spot African Tetra

Natural Habitat

Blue Spot African Tetras are endemic to the lower Congo River in Cameroon, the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They inhabit very fast flowing tannin-stained waters from decaying vegetation, and the forest canopy shades their habitats.

What to feed the Blue Spot African Tetra

Blue Spot African Tetras can be fussy when first imported but will usually adapt well to various foods. It would be best to provide them with a mixture of live, frozen, and good quality dried foods for the best condition. These appear to require a fair amount of protein, so regularly offer meaty foods such as prawn, bloodworm or chopped earthworm.

How to sex the Blue Spot African Tetra

Unfortunately, there is no information on the sexual dimorphism of the Blue Spot African Tetra; however, in other Brycinus species, the males are usually a little larger than females and have more intricate finnage.

How to breed the Blue Spot African Tetra

There is currently no information available on how to breed the Blue Spot African Tetra, but they are likely to produce similar to other African Tetras.

You should set up a breeding tank containing soft acidic water and a slightly higher temperature than the usual aquarium. The tank should be dimly lit with plenty of floating plants as well as spawning mediums such as fine-leaved plants or java moss. A substrate is unnecessary, and gentle filtration through a small air-driven sponge filter is fine.

It would be best to condition the fish using a considerable amount of live and frozen foods. Then, when the females are noticeably plumper, select your best-coloured male and your fattest female and place them in the breeding tank.

You should remove the adult fish once spawning has finished, as these Tetras will eat the eggs if given the opportunity. Several hundred eggs are produced, and you should heavily aerate the tank from this point.

The eggs will usually hatch between 4 and 6 days later, and then the fry will become free swimming 1 to 2 days after that. You should initially feed the fry with infusoria or liquifry, then around three days after that, provide them with baby brine shrimp or microworm.

It may be useful to know that a high dissolved oxygen content seems critical for the fry's survival throughout the early stages of their life.

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Date Added: 26/01/2022 12:29:53 - Updated: 26/01/2022 13:07:15