Lemon Tetra (Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis)
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|
|PH||6.0 - 7.5|
|GH||3 - 8|
|70 - 80℉|
21.1 - 26.7℃
In the home aquarium, the Lemon 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.