Colombian Redfin Tetra (Hyphessobrycon Columbianus) Fish Species Profile
The Colombian Redfin Tetra is commonly a hardy, adaptable and active fish and it fairs well in a community aquarium. They can be a bit nippy at long fins, so keeping them in a larger group will essentially cease that behaviour.
The Colombian Redfin Tetra has a silvery-grey body and displays a turquoise-blue tinge of developing intensity from the lateral line upwards, which becomes a noticeable stripe across the anterior dorsal ridge.
The fins are mostly a bright blood red colour, but the colour fades as the fish pauses. The ventral fins are transparent to light orange, and the anal fin is ordinarily edged with black, and both the caudal and dorsal fins have whitish tips.
|Scientific Name||Hyphessobrycon Columbianus|
|Other Names||Colombian Tetra, Red Tail Mirror Blue Tetra, Blue-red Colombian Tetra|
|Aquarium Level||Middle - Top|
|Difficulty||Beginner - Intermediate|
|Best kept as||Groups 6+|
|Lifespan||3 - 5 years|
|Maximum Size||up to 6.5 cm|
|Temperature||75 - 80 ℉ (23.9 - 26.7 ℃)|
|PH||5.5 - 7.5|
|GH||6 - 15|
The Colombian Redfin Tetra originates from the Rio Acandi in Choco Department, Northern Colombia, close to the border with Panama.
They inhabit small, slow-flowing creeks, streams, tributaries and waterways that are heavily vegetated and have submerged tree roots.
These Tetras are easily fed in the home aquarium. For the best colours and condition offer them small but regular feedings of frozen and live foods such as daphnia, bloodworm and brine shrimp as well as high quality dried granules and flakes, making sure some of which include algae or plant content.