Bucktooth Tetra - Planted Tank Mates

Bucktooth Tetra

5″ | 8 or more | 55 gal

PH 6-7.2 | Aggressive

Exodon paradoxus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 5″

Care Level: Expert

Behavior: Aggressive

Dwelling: Middle of Tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72° – 82°

PH: 6 – 7.2

dGH: 4 – 8

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 55 gal

Grouping: 8 or more

Tank Mates

Species Only Tank

Notes

This fish can be really aggressive.  While they may not have a pronounced front tooth, they do have sharp teeth for ripping the scales off other fish.  Similar to piranhas, they should be kept in a species only tank for the expert aquarist who enjoy this fish and can maintain a large aquarium.

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Description

5" | 8 or more | 55 gal

PH 6-7.2 | Aggressive

2" | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

2” | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6-7 | Peaceful

1.5" | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

2" | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

1.25" | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

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Exodon paradoxus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 5″

Care Level: Expert

Behavior: Aggressive

Dwelling: Middle of Tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72° – 82°

PH: 6 – 7.2

dGH: 4 – 8

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 55 gal

Grouping: 8 or more

Tank Mates

Species Only Tank

Notes

This fish can be really aggressive.  While they may not have a pronounced front tooth, they do have sharp teeth for ripping the scales off other fish.  Similar to piranhas, they should be kept in a species only tank for the expert aquarist who enjoy this fish and can maintain a large aquarium.

Hyphessobrycon eques

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle of Tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 68° – 75°

PH: 6 – 7.5

dGH: 4 – 8

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Guppies, Loaches, Otocinclus, dwarf shrimp and snails

Notes

Serpae Tetras are also known as Red Minor Tetra, Jewel Tetra or Callistus Tetras, and are great beginner fish.  They often have a black spot on their body and can get confused with Red Phantom Tetras.  The Serpae Tetras dorsal and anal fin have red and transition to black with white tips.  You can keep them in a 10 gallon tank, but push for a 20 gallon with larger groups. Avoid aggressive or territorial species or large fish with big mouths.

Hemigrammus rhodostomus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1.75″

Care Level: Intermediate

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 84

PH: 6 – 7

dGH: 3-6

dKH: 2 – 8

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Neon Tetras, Zebra Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish and Guppies, Zebra Loaches, Yoyo Loaches and Otocinclus:

Notes

Aggressive or territorial species or large fish with big mouths such as cichlids.

Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1.5″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle to Top

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 68° – 75°

PH: 6 – 7.5

dGH: 4 – 8

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Guppies, Loaches, Otocinclus, dwarf shrimp and snails

Notes

Black Neon Tetras are slightly larger than Neon Tetras and are great beginner fish.  The reason is because they can tolerate both acidic and low alkaline water conditions. This makes them hardier than Cardinal Tetras and a bit easier to keep.  General rule is 2 gallons per fish. 10 Gallon tank at a minimum, but push for 20 or more for healthy and happy fish. Avoid aggressive or territorial species or large fish with big mouths.  Black Neon Tetras are generally more confident and you'll find them swimming near the top than hiding.

Hyphessobrycon eques var. Longfin

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle of Tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 68° – 75°

PH: 6 – 7.5

dGH: 4 – 8

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Guppies, Loaches, Otocinclus, dwarf shrimp and snails

Notes

Serpae Tetras are also known as Red Minor Tetra, Jewel Tetra or Callistus Tetras, and are great beginner fish.  The Longfin variant will have longer and more flowy dorsa and anal fins.  They often have a black spot on their body and can get confused with Red Phantom Tetras.  The Serpae Tetras dorsal and anal fin have red and transition to black with white tips.  You can keep them in a 10 gallon tank, but push for a 20 gallon with larger groups. Avoid aggressive or territorial species or large fish with big mouths.

Paracheirodon innes

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1.25″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 68° – 75°

PH: 6 – 7.2

dGH: 4 – 8

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Guppies, Loaches, Otocinclus, dwarf shrimp and snails

Notes

Green Neon Tetras are great beginner fish.  They're similar in appearance to Neon Tetras except their red color is very faint and their green/blue-ish stripe is super vibrant.  General rule is 2 gallons per fish. 10 Gallon tank at a minimum, but push for 20 or more for healthy and happy fish. Avoid aggressive or territorial species or large fish with big mouths such as cichlids.

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