Copella arnoldi

Common Names: Jumping Characin
Splash Characin
Splash Tetra
Synonyms: Copeina arnoldi
Family: Lebiasinidae
Category: Characins
Distribution: America - South; America - South
Main Ecosystem: River; In the Rio Para
Temperament: Peaceful; Peaceful fish that are great in community tanks.
Diet: Ominvore; They will eat many foods, as long as it fits in their mouth.
Care: These tetras are schooling fish, and should be kept in groups of at least six to prevent the fish from becoming timid and stressed. They like tanks that are well-planted, as they will take cover in the plants from time to time. The Splash Tetra needs a tank with a well-fitting lid, because these fish are very accomplished jumpers.
6.3 - 7.5
25°C - 29°C
77°F - 84°F
2 dH - 15 dH
Potential Size: Male: 8cm (3.1")
Female: 8cm (3.1")
Water Region: Middle; They normally school in the middle area of tanks.
Activity: Diurnal; They are active during the day, and 'sleep' at night.
Gender: Males are larger, have more elaborate fins, and are usually more colorful than females.
Breeding: These fish are best spawned in a seperate breeding tank, which should have soft and acidic water. It's a good idea to lower the water level from the top by several inches, as this species lays its eggs out of the water. Just one pair of tetras is needed for the tank. They can be conditioned on live or frozen foods; the female will become very plump after this is over and the male will have better-than-normal coloring. When they are ready to spawn, the fish will join together underneath the targ
Comments: Overall, a very good fish for a community fish tank. They are quite hardy, and easy to breed.
Main Colours: Red, Black
Markings: No Markings
Mouth: Normal
Tail: Concave
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