Similar to the Purple Emperor Tetra they are an attractive Tetra species; their brilliant blue/purple colouration makes them stand out in any aquarium.
When they arrive, their colours will always be bleached. They take time to settle before showing their full beautiful colouration.
Species – Hyphessobrycon maritae
Current Size – 2cm – 3cm
Adult Length – 4cm
Temperature Range – 22 - 27°C
pH Range – 6.0 – 7.5
Special Requirements - It is best to provide your Tetra with a mixed environment with some open swimming space and some plant cover.
Tanks Mates and Compatibility – A peaceful species that will not compete well with more boisterous or much larger tank mates. Ideally, it should be kept with other South American species, which can include small tetras, pencil fish, hatchet fish, Apistogramma or other dwarf cichlids and peaceful bottom dwellers such as Corydoras and Otocinclus. It will also do well with smaller gouramis, rasboras and peaceful barbs.
Ideal Number to Keep – It has a bit of an undeserved reputation as a fin nipper. While it is certainly capable of this sort of behaviour, it only tends to exhibit it when kept in insufficient numbers. If a group of half a dozen or so is purchased, any aggression is usually restricted to conspecifics. Although it doesn’t shoal particularly tightly, it definitely fares best when maintained as a group, and rival males will show their best colours when displaying at one another.
Feeding – No special requirements. It will accept most prepared foods, but should also be offered regular meals of small live and frozen stuff such as brine shrimp, Daphnia and similar. A varied diet will help to ensure the best colour and development.
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.