Aquarium Fish

Bucktooth Tetra

The Bucktooth Tetra (Exodon paradoxus) is sort of a misnomer in that this fish isn't buck toothed at all. It does however eat the scales of other fish species. Caution is advised if you plan on stocking them with fish that have scales. They reportedly do fine with catfish species. They need to be kept in schools of 5 to 7 or more for best results.

They are considered quite hardy once established and fed a good quality flake or pellet food. Several small feedings per day are recommended.

The Bucktooth Tetra gets to be about 2.9 inches (7.5 cm).


Bucktooth Tetra

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Bucktooth Tetra Care

Scientific Name : Exodon paradoxus

Common Names : Bucktooth Tetra

Bucktooth Tetra Care Level : Easy

Size : 2.9 inches (7.5 cm)

Water Parameters : pH 5.5 - 7.5 | dH range: 5 - 20 | Temperature : 73°F - 82°F (23°C - 28°C)

Lifespan : 8 to 10 years

Origin / Habitat : South America, Amazon and Tocantins River basins.

Temperament / Behavior : Similar to other tetras but they need a species only tank due to them being lepidophages (eats the scales off of other fish).

Bucktooth Tetra Breeding : Egg scatterers and the parents will eat the eggs.

Aquarium Size : 30 gallon recommended (schooling fish)

Bucktooth Tetra Tank Mates : Keep them in groups to limit the fin nipping. Avoid keeping them with other fish species except in very large tanks and keep them well fed. Should be ok if keeping them with scaleless catfish species.

Diet / Foods : Fish scales, small insects in the wild. Give them a good pellet food or flake food a few times per day.

Tank Region : all over the tank

Gender : Don't know of any ways to tell male from females by external characteristics.

Author : Mike FishLore

Photo Credit: Ltshears

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