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Longfin tetra - Brycinus longipinnis

Longfin tetra - Brycinus longipinnis

Scientific name: Brycinus longipinnis

Common name: Longfin tetra

Family: Alestidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 10 - 12 cm (3.94 - 4.72 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 6 - 8

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 5 - 19°N (89.29 - 339.29ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 22 - 26 °C (71.6 - 78.8°F)

The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning

Where the species comes from: Africa

Temperament to its own species: peaceful

Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful

Usual place in the tank: Top levels

Food and feeding

Longfin tetras are omnivorous and will accept all foods. As well as providing them with a quality flake, weekly treats of blood worms and brine shrimp will be beneficial.


Africa; Longfin tetra is to be found in the tributaries of the River Congo.


Males will have extended dorsal and anal fins, when mature; they will have a deeper body than the females.


Classed as group spawners, the males will chase the ripe females around the tank. They will normally spawn at day break when first light hits the tank and scatter their eggs around. Feed the fry on Infusoria for 2-3 days before moving onto newly hatched brine shrimp.


The expected life span for Brycinus longipinnis is 3-5 years.

Short description

Long fin Tetras are classed as a peaceful species, however if kept with timid tank mates, they will out compete them for the food. Always provide hiding places for the fish and never keep them in groups of less than 5 specimens.


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