Exclamation Mark Tetra (Bryconella pallidifrons)
Exclamation Mark Tetras are very small, peaceful and fragile shoaling fish that are relatively rare and not commonly seen in the hobby.
These Tetras are perfect for the nano or well-planted aquarium. However, due to their size and delicate nature, it would be best to keep them with their own kind. However, these Tetras may do okay if you have a large community aquarium with only small peaceful species. Males can sometimes be quarrelsome with their own kind, but it is nothing to worry about as no actual harm will follow.
Exclamation Mark Tetras are a true blackwater fish; therefore, filtering through peat can be very helpful. In addition to improving the chemical parameters, peat's bactericidal effect also reduces the aquarium's bacterial load. Adding dried leaves to the bottom of the aquarium, such as Indian almond or oak, can achieve the blackwater look in your home aquarium, as can driftwood and alder cones. As a result, the water will gradually darken and mimic the water in its natural habitat.
Currently, there is little to no information about the Exclamation Mark Tetra; however, they have a silvery transparent body with a black and gold longitudinal line that ends at the caudal fin. The end of the longitudinal line gets slightly wider as it comes to a holt giving the appearance of a small patch that ends up forming what looks like an exclamation mark hence the name.
|Scientific Name||Bryconella pallidifrons|
|Other Names||Bryconella Tetra, Thread Tetra|
|Aquarium Level||Middle - Top|
|Best kept as||Groups 8+|
|Lifespan||3 - 5 years|
|PH||6.0 - 7.5|
|GH||5 - 10|
|KH||2 - 4|
|78 - 82℉|
25.6 - 27.8℃
Photos of Exclamation Mark Tetras
You can find Exclamation Mark Tetras in the Yahuacaca River in Southern Colombia and Brazil in South America. They inhabit medium flowing, soft, acidic clear blackwater rivers and streams with substrates containing pebbles, leaf litter and driftwood roots and branches.
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What to feed the Exclamation Mark Tetra
Exclamation Mark Tetras will accept virtually any form of aquarium food; However, when first introduced into the aquarium, they may shy away from food initially, so provide them with live food.
Once settled into the aquarium, it would be best to provide your Tetras with a balanced diet of high-quality dried food such as flakes, pellets and granules supplemented with frozen and live food such as daphnia, brine shrimp, Tubifex and bloodworm. It would also be beneficial to your fish if you gave them occasional green vegetables in their diet as this will help promote the best colour and health for your fish.
How to Sex the Exclamation Mark Tetra
It can be somewhat challenging to differentiate between the male and female Exclamation Mark Tetra. However, the males are slightly smaller than females and somewhat slimmer, whereas females have more rounded abdomens and are more significant than males.
How to Breed the Exclamation Mark Tetra
Unfortunately, there is limited to no information on the breeding habits of Exclamation Mark Tetras.