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, keeping these Tetras in more significant numbers will give your aquarium a more natural-looking display. However, if you keep them in too small a group, these Tetras may start to get stressed and become susceptible to disease.
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.
|Scientific Name||Hyphessobrycon itaparicensis|
|Aquarium Level||Middle - Top|
|Difficulty||Beginner - Intermediate|
|Best kept as||Groups 8+|
|Lifespan||3 - 5 years|
|PH||6.0 - 7.5|
|GH||5 - 15|
|TDS||36 - 179|
|72 - 82℉|
22.2 - 27.8℃
Photos of the Pink Lemon Tetra
Pink Lemon Tetras are endemic to a coastal island in Bahia State in Brazil in South America. They have also been found in several coastal rivers draining Bahia and Sergipe States. They inhabit slow-flowing shallow ponds and clear blackwater streams with a variable substrate, including sand or mud, containing organic debris. Their habitats are surrounded primarily by shrubs and trees, with grass and palm trees being dominant in specific locations. Aquatic and marsh plants are also common where they occur.
What to feed the Pink Lemon Tetra
Pink Lemon Tetras will readily accept high-quality dried food such as flakes and granules in the home aquarium. Still, they would fare better if you also offered them live and frozen food such as bloodworm, daphnia, mosquito larvae and Moina. Variety is the key to keeping your fish in tiptop condition.
How to sex the Pink Lemon Tetra
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.
How to breed the Pink Lemon Tetra
Unfortunately, due to the rarity of Pink Lemon Tetras, there is little to no information on how to breed them. However, they are likely to produce similar to that of other Hyphessbrycon species.
Pink Lemon Tetras will require a separate breeding tank. This should be dimly lit with soft water, and the temperature will need to be raised by a few degrees higher than they usually have. The breeding tank will also need to be heavily planted as this will provide shaded areas for them to spawn in.
For the healthiest babies, you will need to choose your plumpest female and your best-coloured male, place them into the breeding tank, and continue to feed them with rich food; this includes live food.
When These Tetras are ready to breed, they will lock fins, and when this occurs, they will carry out a somersault movement in the plants. The female will release about a dozen eggs at a time, and then the male will fertilise them.
Pink Lemon Tetras will usually spawn in the early hours of the morning, and the female will lay a couple of hundred eggs that the male will fertilise. Once this has taken place, you should remove the parents, as they will consume the eggs if given the opportunity.
Around 24 to 36 hours later, the eggs will start to hatch out, and 3 to 4 days after that, the fry will become free swimming and grow relatively quickly.
The newly hatched fry will first feed on their yolk sac. Once the fry has consumed this and becomes free-swimming, you can then provide the fry with infusoria type foods, moving on to baby brine shrimp and crushed flakes as they grow.