Max Size: 4cm

Pink Lemon Tetra (Hyphessobrycon itaparicensis)

Pink Lemon Tetras are a good looking and peaceful species. You can keep these Tetras in either a well-planted nano tank or a community aquarium. However, due to their smallish size and timid nature, it would be best to keep them alongside other Characins of similar size and disposition. You should avoid keeping them with much larger or more boisterous fish as they may be outcompeted for food or seen as a snack.

Pink Lemon Tetras are a schooling species in nature; therefore, it would be best to keep these fish in a group of 8 or more individuals for their comfort and overall appearance. In addition, you will get a more natural-looking aquarium display if you keep these Tetras in greater numbers. But, on the other hand, they may get stressed and become susceptible to diseases if you keep them in too small a group.

The ideal aquarium setup for the Pink Lemon Tetras would be a South American river biotope setup. The aquarium needs to have a sandy or fine gravel substrate, dense planting, plenty of leaf litter for tannins and driftwood branches and roots placed in a way that will form many shady spots.

The characteristics and pattern of the Pink lemon Tetra somewhat vary depending on their location. Individuals from clearwater rivers usually possess yellowish-pink overall body colouration, including distinct yellow colouration on their maxillae, fins and dorsal half of the head. In addition, they may also have a reddish-brown longitudinal stripe, beginning at the rear of the humeral blotch or mid-body to the caudal peduncle.

On the other hand, examples from dark waters are more coloured, with no humeral blotch or clear surrounding areas. These individuals usually have gleaming silvery colours on their scales and their flanks and a dark longitudinal stripe when visible. In addition, they possess yellow or orange pigmentation over their scales and on the anterior half of the body, and they also display intense yellow to orange fins.


Pink Lemon Tetra
Pink Lemon Tetra
Quick Facts
Scientific NameHyphessobrycon itaparicensis
Year Described2001
Other NamesNone
Aquarium LevelMiddle - Top
DifficultyBeginner - Intermediate
Best kept asGroups 8+
Lifespan3 - 5 years
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH6.0 - 7.5
GH5 - 15
TDS36 - 179
72 - 82℉
22.2 - 27.8℃


In the home aquarium, the Pink 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.

Sexual Dimorphism

It can be somewhat challenging to distinguish between male and female Pink Lemon Tetras. However, females tend to be slightly larger and more plumper than males, especially when they are full of eggs. In addition, the adult males anal fin is straight to slightly concave, and their fins, in general, are usually more extended than females. In contrast, the female's fins are shorter, and their anal fin is always concave.

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Date Added: 05/01/2022 10:29:10 - Updated: 10/10/2022 16:09:23