Max Size: 3.5cm

Red Devil Tetra (Hyphessobrycon piranga)

Red Devil Tetras are a relatively rare species in the aquarium hobby. They are stunning, peaceful, sociable and active little fish that only came about in 2018.

Red Devil Tetras are schooling fish in nature, so, therefore, they should be kept in a group of at least eight individuals, preferably more. Keeping these Tetras in larger groups will not only give your aquarium an array of colours, but it will also give your aquarium a more natural-looking display as well as making your fish feel more comfortable so they can show off their true behaviours.

Ideal tankmates for Red Devil Tetras could include peaceful species such as other Tetras, smaller Barbs, Rasboras, smaller Danios and Corydoras Catfish. Shrimps can also make suitable tankmates, although shrimplets may get eaten.

Red Devil Tetras are a pretty easy species to keep as they have no particular demands when it comes to their water conditions. However, these Tetras will appreciate a slight current to mimic their natural biotope.

The ideal aquarium setup for these fish will include a substrate of either sand, gravel or pebbles and plenty of plants as they live in areas with an abundance of plants. Adding leaves to the bottom of your aquarium will also be beneficial for these Tetras.

Red Devil Tetras have a creamy-yellowish body contrasted with a wide, dark brown vertical stripe that runs across their flank from their nose, through their eye towards their tail root. Above this, they possess a silvery-white bar. The males have red fins as well as a faint red hue on their bodies, whereas the female's fins and bodies are more yellow.


Red Devil Tetra
Red Devil Tetra
Quick Facts
Scientific NameHyphessobrycon piranga
Other NamesNone
Aquarium LevelMiddle - Top
DifficultyBeginner - Intermediate
Best kept asGroups 8+
Lifespan3 - 5 years
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH5.5 - 7.5
GH5 - 15
KH2 - 7
75 - 82℉
23.9 - 27.8℃

Natural Habitat



In the home aquarium, the Red Devil 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 simple to differentiate between male and female Red Devil Tetras. Males usually are slightly smaller than females and possess red colouring in their bodies and fins, whereas the females are larger and have yellow colouration in their bodies and fins.

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: 12/08/2021 12:32:13 - Updated: 02/12/2021 17:34:11