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Loreto tetra - Hyphessobrycon loretoensis

Loreto tetra - Hyphessobrycon loretoensis

Scientific name: Hyphessobrycon loretoensis

Common name: Loreto tetra

Family: Characidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 2 - 3 cm (0.79 - 1.18 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 5.9 - 7

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 3 - 15°N (53.57 - 267.86ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 22 - 25 °C (71.6 - 77°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: Top levels

Food and feeding

Use a quality flake or small granules for the staple diet. Loreto tetras will relish treats twice a week of live or frozen foods in the form of brine shrimp, blood worms or tubifex.


South America; Loreto tetras are found in the Amazon River Basins of Peru.


Females are slightly larger and plumper than the males.


Use a tank with subdued lighting and add java moss or spawning mops to the tank. These are group spawners so add a few fish from each sex to the breeding tank and condition them with plenty of live foods. After spawning remove the parents and the eggs should hatch after 24-36 hours. When the fry are free swimming they should be able to accept micro worms for their first meals.


The expected life span for Hyphessobrycon loretoensis is 2-3 years.

Short description

This species of tetras is not always available in the aquarium hobby but this will be reflected in the price of them. Although plants can be added to the tank they are not found in this species natural habitat. Use plenty of driftwood or bogwood in the tank and use sand for the substrate.


Bought by from tetra picture 1 Loreto tetra picture 2

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