Raccoon Tetra (Hyphessobrycon procyon)
The Raccoon Tetra is a relatively rare fish in the hobby and has only recently been described in 2016. However, this Tetra is a pretty elegant-looking fish and easy to keep as they have no particular demands regarding water parameters and food.
Raccoon Tetras have a peaceful temperament and mix well with other mild fish. It would be best to keep these Tetras in groups of at least six individuals as they are a shoaling species in nature. The males will display their best colours and behaviour when kept in mixed-sex groups alongside plenty of females.
Racoon Tetras should not be kept with large, aggressive fish that might intimidate them, so small Tetras, pencilfish, and dwarf cichlids like Apistogramma or Mikrogeophagus are ideal tankmates for these Tetras. Corydoras Catfish and Suckermouth Catfish make excellent tankmates as well.
For Racoon Tetras, a shady aquarium with plenty of driftwood is ideal. Driftwood will gradually release tannins into the water, which will help acidify it and give it a brown, natural colour similar to its natural habitat. This can also be achieved by adding peat filtration.
Plant densely, both floating and rooted, so that the fish feel secure. Furthermore, darker substrates and backgrounds will help display these fish's stunning colours if the lighting is not too bright.
The Raccoon Tetra has a light rosy gold body and a dark blotch on the base of the caudal fin. In addition, there are two red humeral spots on either side of the dark blotch. These Tetras have elongated fins that are all yellow.
|Scientific Name||Hyphessobrycon procyon|
|Aquarium Level||Middle - Top|
|Difficulty||Beginner - Intermediate|
|Best kept as||Groups 6+|
|Lifespan||3 - 5 years|
|PH||6.0 - 6.5|
|GH||5 - 15|
|75 - 82℉|
23.9 - 27.8℃
In the home aquarium, the Raccoon 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.
It is relatively straightforward to differentiate between male and female Raccoon Tetras once they reach sexual maturity. Both sexes are pinkish-gold as adults, but the males have more orangey-red on their fins. Males will also be slightly larger than females and have a widely extended dorsal fin. Their pelvic and anal fins are also longer and more colourful than the females.