Max Size: 4cm

Kitty Tetra (Hyphessobrycon loweae)

The Kitty Tetra is a very colourful and elegant fish that has become increasingly popular in the aquarium hobby in recent years. These Tetras are one of the smaller Tetras. The Kitty Tetra is shy and likes a shady, well-planted tank. However, they can be slightly nippy towards slow-moving tank mates.

Kitty Tetras have a peaceful temperament and mixes well with other mild fish. It would be best if you kept these Tetras in groups of at least six individuals as they are a shoaling species in nature. The males will display their best colours and behaviour when kept in mixed-sex groups alongside plenty of females.

The Kitty Tetras have a yellowish-gold body and display a black eyespot on the caudal peduncle followed by two smaller white spots either side. They also have a little red area at the top of each eye, and their fins are relatively transparent.


Kitty Tetra
Kitty Tetra Juvenile
Quick Facts
Scientific NameHyphessobrycon loweae
Other NamesLowe's Tetra
OriginsBrazil, Peru
Aquarium LevelMiddle - Top
DifficultyBeginner - Intermediate
Best kept asGroups 6+
Lifespan2 - 5 years
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH5.5 - 7.5
GH4 - 12
75 - 82℉
23.9 - 27.8℃

Natural Habitat

Xingu River


In the home aquarium, the Kitty 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

It is relatively straight forward to determine male from female Kitty Tetras once they reach sexual maturity. Both sexes turn yellowish-gold when adults, but the males will have much more orangey-red on their flanks and fins. Males will also be slightly larger than the females, have a widely extended dorsal fin as well as a widened, hooked anal fin. Their pelvic and anal fins are also longer and more colourful than those of the female.

Other Tetras of interest

Adonis Tetra(Lepidarchus adonis)
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)
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Date Added: 01/02/2021 - Updated: 02/12/2021 17:23:44