Lemon Tetra Care Guide

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Lemon Tetra
(Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis)


Common names:
Lemon Tetra, Lemon Fish.
Size: 5cm
pH: 5.5 – 7.5
Tempº: 22ºC - 28ºC
Tank region: Middle layer
Origin: Brazil.
Gender: The black line on the male’s analfin is thicker and more distinct than that of the female.
Notes: The hardy Lemon Tetra is an exceedingly popular schooling fish for the community aquarium because of it’s small size and peaceful nature. The species is readily available, and will happily take commercially prepared foods. The Lemon Tetra has been in the hobby since 1932, yet still remains a firm favorite. As with most tetras, the lemon tetra appreciates a planted tank because of the cover provided by foliage. They can be kept in a moderate current, but certainly not a hillstream type environment.
Left Image: The Lemon Tetra is not as gaudy as it's Cardinal or Gold cousins, but is still beautiful fish for the planted aquarium.
Center Image: Lemon Tetras do not school as tightly as other Schooling species, but it is still important to maintain them in groups. Image credit to Jglove276 - thanks Jglove!
Right Image: This species is not an exceedingly fast swimmer, but does need space to explore. Photo credit goes to Jglove276.

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