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.
|Scientific Name||Hyphessbrycon Hexastichos|
|Other Names||Zig Zag Tetra|
|Aquarium Level||Middle - Top|
|Difficulty||Beginner - Intermediate|
|Best kept as||Groups 6+|
|Lifespan||3 - 5 years|
|PH||5.5 - 7.5|
|GH||1 - 12|
|75 - 82℉|
23.9 - 27.8℃
The Six Stripes Tetra is s only known from Rio Mutum, a tributary of Rio Juruena in the headwaters of the Rio Tapajós drainage, Chapada dos Parecis, Comodoro and Mato Grosso in Brazil in South America. They inhabit clear shallow rivers where the substrate contains sand, scattered small stones and a small amount of riparian vegetation.
Other Tetras of interest
What to feed the Six Stripes Tetra
Six Stripes Tetras are omnivorous and will readily accept most types of aquarium foods. These fish will take high quality dried foods such as granules, flakes and pellets; however, for the most excellent colour and condition of your fish, you should also provide them with plenty of live and frozen foods. These can include blackworm, bloodworm, mosquito larvae, daphnia and brine shrimp.
How to Sex the Six Stripes Tetra
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.
How to Breed the Six Stripes Tetra
Unfortunately, there is no information on breeding Six Stripes Tetras; however, they are likely to produce similar to other Hyphessbrycon species.
You will need to set up a separate breeding tank if you would like to increase the amount of fry. Your breeding tank should be dimly lit and contain bundles of fine-leaved plants such as Java Moss. Spawning Mops will also work just as well, as would artificial grass matting or a layer of glass marbles. These mediums will give your fish somewhere to deposit their eggs.
It is also advised that you cover the bottom of the tank with a layer of mesh. This mesh should have large enough holes so the eggs can drop through it but small enough to prevent the parents from reaching them.
The water will need a slightly acidic to neutral pH level with a somewhat higher temperature than the community aquarium. It is also recommended that you include an air-powered sponge filter or an air stone to help water movement and oxygenation.
You can spawn Six Stripes Tetras in a group, with half a dozen individuals of each sex being ideal. It would be best to condition them with plenty of live, frozen or freeze-dried foods, and then spawning should not bestow too many issues.
Alternatively, you can spawn these fish in pairs. The best way to achieve this is to condition the male and female groups in separate tanks with a good-quality diet of live and frozen foods.
Once the females are noticeably full of eggs and the males present their best colours, select the healthiest female and the best-coloured male and place them into the breeding tank. The couple should then spawn the following morning. In either situation, the adults will eat the eggs if given a chance, so it would be best to remove them as soon as you spot any.
The eggs will typically hatch between 24 and 36 hours, and the fry will start swimming freely 3 to 4 days after that.
It would be better to feed the fry with infusoria type foods for the first few days until they are big enough to accept baby brine shrimp and microworms. Unfortunately, the eggs and the fry are sensitive to light in the initial stages, so it would be better if you kept the lights dim or maybe even off.