Max Size: 5cm

Silvertip Tetra (Hasemania nana)

Silvertip Tetras are hardy, good looking and active shoaling fish that does well in a community aquarium. However, they are slightly more aggressive than other comparable smaller tetras, occasionally nipping fins of other similarly sized tetras. They can adapt to a wide range of water parameters, making them ideal for beginner aquarists.

The body of Silvertip Tetra is transparent except for the fact that their bodies have an overall gold to a copper sheen. During the night, the copper and black colours become silver as the fish rests. The colour then returns once the fish becomes active in the morning.

You can see a little bit of silver pattern beside the eyes. Silvertip Tetras display a black stripe that goes from the middle of the body to the end of the tail fins. The dorsal fin has a golden-yellowish colour with a bit of silvery-white on the tip. The anal fin has quite a similar colour to the dorsal fin. They differ from most other Tetras as they lack a small adipose fin.


Silvertip Tetra
Silvertip Tetra
Silvertip Tetra
Silvertip Tetra
Silvertip Tetra
Silvertip Tetra
Silvertip Tetra Shoal
Silvertip Tetra
Silvertip Tetra
Silvertip Tetra
Silvertip Tetra
Quick Facts
Scientific NameHasemania nana
Other NamesTipped Tetra, Copper Tetra
Aquarium LevelMiddle - Top
DifficultyBeginner - Intermediate
Best kept asGroups 6+
Lifespan5 - 8 years
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH6.0 - 8.0
GH5 - 20
71 - 82℉
21.7 - 27.8℃

Natural Habitat

São Francisco River


In the home aquarium, the Silvertip 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 males from females. The males tend to be more intensely coloured and slimmer than females, whereas the females are more pale and silvery with a sightly larger stomach.

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: 26/10/2020 - Updated: 02/12/2021 17:47:57