The Serpae is a colourful tetra with an amber/brown body, Black Dorsal fins and red Caudal and anal fins. They look fantastic when swimming amongst weed in a planted community tank.
This tetra has often been given a bad reputation as a fin nipper but, providing it is kept in a group of 6 or more, it shouldn’t be any more of a menace than many of the other tetras. This means that they can live in a community tank with other comparable fish.
Species – Serpae Tetra - Hyphessobrycon Eques
Current Size – 3cm
Adult Length – 4cm
Temperature Range – 22 - 27 °C
pH Range – 6.0 – 8.0
Tanks Mates and Compatibility - H. eques is notorious as an aggressive community inhabitant with a reputation for nipping the fins of tankmates although this behaviour tends to be most pronounced when insufficient numbers are purchased or space is limited.
It’s a gregarious species forming loose hierarchies, with rival males continually battling with each other for female attention and positioning within the group.
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.
Feeding – In aquaria a diet of dried foods but like most fishes does best when offered a varied menu which in this case should also contain live and frozen chironomid larvae (bloodworm), mosquito larvae, Daphnia, Moina, etc.
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.