Max Size: 6cm

Six Stripes Tetra (Hyphessbrycon Hexastichos)

Six Stripes Tetras are a peaceful species that make excellent members of the community aquarium and get along with most fish species. In addition, these Tetras are pretty hardy, so they make an excellent fish for the beginner aquarist.

Six Stripes Tetras are sociable schooling fish, so it is vital that you keep them in a group of at least six individuals alongside other schooling fish to provide security, and you will be rewarded with a more natural-looking display.

Occasionally, you may find your fish squabbling amongst themselves in a group. However, as long as your aquarium is spacious and there is plenty of hiding places or visual barriers for them to flee into if necessary, no actual harm should follow.

You can house these Tetras with similarly sized fish with a peaceful temperament such as other small Tetras, Hatchetfish, Pencilfish, non-predatory, small to medium-sized Cichlids, small Loricariids and Corydoras Catfish. However, these Tetras will not compete well with the more boisterous or much larger tankmates.

Six Stripes Tetras have a compressed and moderately deep body. The lateral surface of their body is a silvery colour, and the rest of their body is reddish-orange. In addition, these Tetras have six brownish-red zigzag longitudinal lines, one faint zigzag longitudinal line on the top half of their body, three faint zigzag lines on the bottom half of their body and two solid zigzag stripes in the middle of their body. The fins on these fish are transparent; however, some individuals have a red hue to their fins, while others have a black line on the edge of the anal fin.


Six Stripes Tetra
Quick Facts
Scientific NameHyphessbrycon Hexastichos
Other NamesZig Zag Tetra
Aquarium LevelMiddle - Top
DifficultyBeginner - Intermediate
Best kept asGroups 6+
Lifespan3 - 5 years
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH5.5 - 7.5
GH1 - 12
75 - 82℉
23.9 - 27.8℃


In the home aquarium, the Six Stripes 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 differentiate between the male and female Six Stripes Tetra as they are very similar. However, the male's body tends to be a bolder red colour than the females, and their zigzag stripes seem to be more prominent.

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Date Added: 03/11/2021 11:52:00 - Updated: 02/12/2021 17:48:39