Lemon Tetra (Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis) Fish Species Profile
The Lemon Tetra is a peaceful easy to take care of small fish that can adapt in many different water conditions making it an ideal fish for the community tank.
The Lemon Tetra is one of the larger and heavier, torpedo-shaped tetras, its body is a transparent yellow, with a pearlescent glow emitting from the scales.
The anal and dorsal fin is marked with yellow and black.
The anterior three or four rays being an extreme, lemon-yellow in tone, while the dorsal fin is mostly black with a yellow middle patch.
The eye is a unique feature of this fish, the upper half of the iris being an intense red, in some individuals almost gemstone-ruby in appearance.
|Scientific Name||Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis|
|Aquarium Level||Middle - Top|
|Difficulty||Beginner - Intermediate|
|Best kept as||Groups 6+|
|Lifespan||up to 8 year|
|Maximum Size||up to 5 cm|
|Temperature||70 - 80 ℉ (21.1 - 26.7 ℃)|
|PH||6.0 - 7.5|
|GH||3 - 8|
The Lemon Tetras inhabits clear water, with a moderate current, and tend to dwell in the shallows near to shore. They are often found in densely vegetated areas of narrow, overgrown streams in the Tapajos River basin.
The Tapajos River runs through a warm and muggy part of Brazil before it releases into the legendary Amazon River about 500 miles above Para.
Lemon Tetras should be on a varied diet. They are unfussy eaters and will accept a wide range of different food types.
They will accept high-quality tropical granules or flakes as the staple of their diet and will eat live, freeze-dried or frozen meaty foods such as Daphnia, blackworms and brine shrimp. Lemon tetras also like blanched vegetables.