Max Size: 2cm

Ember Tetra (Hyphessobrycon amandae)

The Ember Tetra is a gorgeous fish that will light up any aquarium. They are a peaceful fish, active and playful, and because of its size and ease of care, it will suit both a nano tank or a community aquarium making it a popular fish for any aquarist.

This fish has an elongated body shape, with one merged anal fin, a relatively small dorsal fin and large caudal fin. The caudal and dorsal fins have a slightly light grey almost black angle. And the upper part of the head, above the eyes and around the mouth, sometimes can be a reddish colour.

Their body may seem slightly narrowed towards the back, this allows them to move around more smoothly, their scales are also very compact and lie near each other. Due to this, they look slightly translucent.

They are a golden-maple to a fiery red colour, sometimes with a saturated orange inclination and their eyes are usually black with an orange rim.


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Quick Facts
Scientific NameHyphessobrycon amandae
Other NamesFire Tetra
Aquarium LevelBottom - Middle
DifficultyBeginner - Intermediate
Best kept asGroups 6+
Lifespan2 - 3 years
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH5.0 - 7.0
GH5 - 17
TDS18 - 179
73 - 84℉
22.8 - 28.9℃


In the home aquarium, the Ember 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

Determining the sex of the Ember Tetras is reasonably challenging for the untrained eye.

Males display a much brighter colouration than the females, and the females are larger are more rounded than the males.

Other Tetras of interest

African Moon Tetra(Bathyaethiops caudomaculatus)
African Red Eyed Tetra(Arnoldichthys spilopterus)
Arowana Tetra(Gnathocharax steindachneri)
Black Darter Tetra(Poecilocharax weitzmani)
Black Line Tetra(Hyphessobrycon scholzei)
Black Neon Tetra(Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi)
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Date Added: 01/09/2020 - Updated: 22/11/2021 17:26:56