Ornate Tetra (Hyphessobrycon bentosi) Fish Species Profile
The Ornate Tetra makes a pretty addition to community or biotope aquariums, and they have great personalities. This Tetra is relatively hardy and somewhat easy to care for. Still, they are not recommended for the beginner aquarist as these tetras require pristine water as they can not tolerate water condition changes. This attractive and pleasant Tetra deserves the extra work needed to keep it.
Many companions are needed for this little fish. A school of six is generally the accepted minimum. Still, although the Ornate Tetra has schooling tendencies, it will usually only school tightly when it is interrupted by larger tankmates or water changes.
The Ornate Tetra has a deep-body, and their shape is similar to that of the larger tetras. This Tetra has a silvery salmon pinkish body and has a dark spot around the gills, they have a faint greyish shoulder patch, and the fins have dark red markings with white tips.
|Scientific Name||Hyphessobrycon bentosi|
|Other Names||Bentos Tetra, White Tip Tetra, White Fin Ornate, False Rosy Tetra|
|Aquarium Level||All Levels|
|Best kept as||Groups 6+|
|Lifespan||3 - 5 years|
|Maximum Size||up to 5 cm|
|Temperature||73 - 82 ℉ (22.8 - 27.8 ℃)|
|PH||6.5 - 8.0|
|GH||3 - 12|
Origins of the Ornate Tetra
You can find Ornate Tetras in Obidos, Para, and Brazil in the lower Amazon basin located on the river's main channel between the mouths of the Rios Trombetas and Tapajos in South America.
These Tetras inhabit slow-moving creeks, sidearms, sluggish tributaries, flood plain lakes and forest lakes with submerged woody structures such as roots, overhanging riparian vegetation, fallen branches or aquatic plants where the forest canopy shades them.
The water has an inconsequential diffused mineral content that is poorly buffered and stained brown because of the progressive discharge of tannins and natural acids from decomposing organic matter.
It would be best if you provide the Ornate Tetra with a varied diet. They have relatively high vitamin requirements, so high-quality flake foods should make up most of their diet.
They enjoy chasing after live foods and may occasionally pick at algae or plants. These Tetras need several feedings a day but only offer what they can consume in 3 minutes or less.