Long Finned Tetra (Brycinus longipinnis)
The Long-finned Tetra grows more extensive than many other well-known Tetra species. Still, they are very peaceful and outgoing fish. Long-finned Tetras make an excellent addition to the larger community aquarium, although small or slow-moving species may feel intimidated by its constant activity and size.
Ideally, it would be best if you kept these Tetras in a dedicated West African setup, with other Characins such as African Red-eyed Tetras or Congo Tetras. Other tankmates could include Cichlid species such as Pelvicachromis or Hemichromis and Synodontis Catfish.
The Long-finned Tetra makes an ideal shoaling fish for big tanks containing South American Cichlids such as Satanoperca, Uaru and Geophagus. Make sure you buy a group of at least six individuals as these fish fare much better when in the company of their own kind.
The Long-finned Tetras have an overall silver body but develop very noticeable greenish-gold iridescent colours on the dorsal surface as they mature. These Tetras also display short yellow-orange and black bands on the caudal peduncle, and males develop an exquisite dorsal fin extension with maturity.
|Scientific Name||Brycinus longipinnis|
|Other Names||Long-finned Alestes, African long-finned Tetra, Long-finned Characin, Longfin Tetra|
|Origins||Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Togo|
|Aquarium Level||Middle - Top|
|Difficulty||Beginner - Intermediate|
|Best kept as||Groups 6+|
|Lifespan||3 - 5 years|
|PH||6.0 - 7.5|
|GH||5 - 19|
|72 - 79℉|
22.2 - 26.1℃
In the home aquarium, the Long Finned 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.
1 interesting tank mate ideas for the Long Finned Tetra could include: