Hyphessobrycon eques
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Hyphessobrycon eques

Common Names: Jewel Tetra
Serpae Tetra
Synonyms: Cheirodon eques
Chirodon eques
Hyphessobrycon callistus
Hyphessobrycon serpae
Megalamphodus eques
Family: Characidae
Category: Characins
Distribution: America - South; South America.
Main Ecosystem: River; River
Temperament: Active; Peaceful in most cases. Must be kept in a school. A sick Serpae Tetra will be attacked by others usually with the loss of an eye resulting. Keep this fish only with other feisty schooling fish or they tend to steal food.
Diet: Carnivore; Carnivore
Care: Feed with plenty of flakes. Add plants to the tank.
5 - 7.8
22°C - 26°C
72°F - 79°F
10 dH - 25 dH
Potential Size: Male: 3.5cm (1.4")
Female: 3.5cm (1.4")
Water Region: Middle; Middle
Activity: Diurnal; Diurnal
Gender: Very hard to tell. Females are more rounded.
Breeding: Not hard with a pH of 6.8.
Variants: A long fin variety is available.
Comments: Often confused with the red phantom tetra. Serpae tetras are known to severely nip the fins of other fish. It is recommended that the serpae school be a large one in order to attempt to suppress the nippy nature of this species.
Main Colours: Pink, Black
Markings: Not Specified
Mouth: Normal
Tail: Concave
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Submitted By: Adam
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