Max Size: 16cm

Blue Spot African Tetra (Brycinus poptae)

The rare Blue Spot African Tetra, Brycinus poptae, can make an excellent addition to the larger community aquarium. However, small or slow-moving species may be intimidated by this size and continuous activity and may become outcompeted for food. Ideally, it would be best if you kept these Tetras in a dedicated West African setup.

Over much of its natural habitat, the water is heavily dyed with tannins from decomposing 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 especially susceptible to deteriorating water conditions; therefore, a rigorous husbandry 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 prominent dark blotch near their caudal fin that is outlined with white shading. All their fins are transparent except for the caudal fin, which has two orangy-brown splashes.


Blue Spot African Tetra
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℃


In the home aquarium, the Blue Spot African Tetra will readily accept most good quality dried foods such as granules, flakes and sinking pellets. These modern food products have been developed to provide all adequate nutrition to maintain your fish's health and dietary requirements.

Providing additional foodstuffs such as live, frozen, and freeze-dried meals such as bloodworm, daphnia, and tubifex once or twice a week will provide additional benefits to your fish's health and well-being but is not a must for this fish.

It should be noted that bloodworms should only be given as an occasional treat and should not be used as the staple diet as they are difficult for fish to digest and can potentially cause blockages.

This fish is an omnivore in the wild, meaning it will consume some vegetable matter. Although most modern fish foods take this into account and include them in their products, you can still supplement your fish's diet with blanched vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, and zucchini. Ensure you do not overfeed your fish and remove any leftovers the following day.

Sexual Dimorphism

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.

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Date Added: 26/01/2022 12:29:53 - Updated: 10/08/2022 16:22:22