The Penguin Tetra is a very easy to care for fish that is tolerant to almost any water parameters found in community aquariums. Like most small tetras, they feel safe in numbers and should be kept in a shoal of 6 or more. They are very peaceful and, providing their tank mates won’t eat them, they can be kept with anything.
Species – Penguin Tetra - Thayeria Boehlkei
Current Size – 3cm - 3.5cm
Adult Length – 3cm
Temperature Range – 22 – 28 °C
pH Range – 6.0 – 7.8
Tanks Mates and Compatibility - A peaceful species that won’t compete well with very boisterous or much larger tankmates. Ideally, keep it with other South American species, such as Hemigrammus or Hyphessobrycon tetras, pencil fish, Apistogramma and other small cichlids, Corydoras and Loricariids. In a more general community it can be combined with smaller rasboras, barbs, Anabantoids and West African dwarf cichlids such as Pelvicachromis species.
Always buy a group of at least 6 of these, preferably 10 or more. It’s a schooling species by nature, and will fare much better when in the company of its own kind. The fin-nipping behaviour that is sometimes attributed to this species does not usually manifest itself when it is kept in sufficient numbers, as the fish tend to concentrate on squabbling amongst themselves. Like most tetras it actually looks far more effective when maintained like this anyway.
Feeding – It proves unfussy in the aquarium though, greedily accepting just about anything offered. For the best condition and colours offer regular meals of small live and frozen foods such as bloodworm, Daphnia and Artemia, along with dried flakes and granules.
Please note – Some images used are library photos and will show the colour potential at a fully mature size, as our fish are juvenilles they may vary.
We always aim to supply the fish as close to the purchase size as possible. However if this is not possible, we will always contact you to discuss.
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. This is dependent on current stock at the time of your order.