The Buenos aires tetra is one of the hardiest of all tropical fish. They grow larger than many tetras and can be quite boisterous. They do like to nibble plants so plastic plants are often the way to go. Being slightly larger than most tetra they should be kept with other boisterous and similar sized tank mates. They can nip fins and will bully small tetras or slow tank mates. As with most tetra, they should be kept in a group of 6 or more
Species – Buenos Aires Tetra - Hyphessobrycon Anisitsi
Current Size – 4.5cm – 5cm
Adult Length – 6cm
Temperature Range – 22 – 28 °C
pH Range – 5.5 – 7.5
Special Requirements - Choice of décor is not especially critical though it tends to show better colouration in a well-structured, ideally planted, set-up.
Tanks Mates and Compatibility - It is relatively boisterous and doesn not make an ideal companion for very shy, slow-moving, or long-finned fishes such as many livebearers, cichlids, and anabantoids.
Robust fishes inhabiting similar biotopes in nature, especially comparably-sized, open water-dwelling characids perhaps constitute the best choices but other potential options include callichthyid, loricariid and doradid catfishes or benthic anostomids and curimatids from genera such as Schizothorax and Characidium.
Ideal Number to Keep - A group of at least 8-10 specimens should be considered the minimum requirement since this increases the likelihood that the fish will be distracted by each other rather than their tankmates but will result in a more effective, natural-looking display. Males will also show better colouration in the presence of conspecific rivals.
Feeding - In the aquarium it is easily-fed but the best condition and colours offer regular meals of small live and frozen foods such as bloodworm, Daphnia, and Artemia alongside good quality dried flakes and granules, at least some of which should include additional plant or algal content.
Please note – Some images used are library photos and will show the colour potential at a fully mature size, as our fish are juveniles they may vary.
We always aim to supply the fish as close to the purchase size as possible. On rare occasions if this is not possible we will contact you.
The fish are selected at random however you are welcome to make a note on the order and the fish manager will do his best for you, requests are dependent on stock at the time of your order.