flame Tetra

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Flame tetra - Hyphessobrycon flammeus

Scientific name: Hyphessobrycon flammeus

Common name: Flame tetra

Family: Characidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 2 - 3 cm (0.79 - 1.18 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 5.8 - 7.8

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 5 - 25°N (89.29 - 446.43ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 22 - 28 °C (71.6 - 82.4°F)

The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning

Where the species comes from: South America

Temperament to its own species: peaceful

Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful

Usual place in the tank: Middle levels


Flakes, granules, tablets.


Males are more coloured in the anal fins. Females have concave anal fins.


Egg-layers. They require soft water and plants where eggs are laid on. The fry hatch in 2-3 days. Parents should be removed from the tank in case it’s not large enough. Feed newborns Artemia salina.


Some sources mention 10 years, but you shouldn’t trust them. 4-5 years is more accurate.