Max Size: 5cm

Ornate Tetra (Hyphessobrycon bentosi)

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.


Ornate tetra
Ornate tetra
Ornate tetra
Ornate tetra
Ornate Tetra
Quick Facts
Scientific NameHyphessobrycon bentosi
Other NamesBentos Tetra, White Tip Tetra, White Fin Ornate, False Rosy Tetra
Aquarium LevelAll Levels
Best kept asGroups 6+
Lifespan3 - 5 years
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH6.5 - 8.0
GH3 - 12
TDS18 -215
73 - 82℉
22.8 - 27.8℃

Natural Habitat



In the home aquarium, the Ornate 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 easy to differentiate male from female Ornate Tetras. Males have longer dorsal and anal fins and will be slightly larger and more intensely-coloured than females. In contrast, the females will be much plumper mostly when filled with eggs, shorter and duller than the males.

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: 14/10/2020 - Updated: 10/08/2022 15:31:01