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Columbian tetra - Hyphessobrycon ecuadoriensis

Columbian tetra - Hyphessobrycon ecuadoriensis

Scientific name: Hyphessobrycon ecuadoriensis

Common name: Columbian tetra

Family: Characidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 3 - 4 cm (1.18 - 1.57 inch)

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Recommended pH range for the species: 5.5 - 7.5

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 0 - 18°N (0 - 321.43ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 21 - 28 °C (69.8 - 82.4°F)

The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning

Where the species comes from: South America

Temperament to its own species: peaceful

Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful

Usual place in the tank: Middle levels

Food and feeding

Columbian tetras are not fussy eaters; they will accept all foods offered supplement their diet with treats of blood worm and some vegetable matter.

Origin

Columbian tetras originate from Colombia, South America.

Sexing

There are no physical differences between male and female, when the female is rpie she will plump up with eggs.

Breeding

Use a breeding tank of 10 gallons or more and add some spawning mops to the bottom. The female should be added first to giver her time to settle down, 24 hours later add the male. The fish should spawn in 3 days with the eggs being scattered on the spawning mops, remove the parents at this stage. The eggs should hatch after 24 hours and the fry will be free swimming in 3-4 days. Feed the fry on Infusoria or newly hatched brine shrimp.

Lifespan

Expected lifespan of 3-5 years.

Short description

Hyphessobrycon ecuadoriensis are a larger Tetra, so they will tend to bully smaller tank mates. They are a shoaling fish; keep them in groups of 5 or more.

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