Serpae Tetra - Planted Tank Mates

Serpae Tetra

2″ | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

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.

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ImageSerpae tetra fish (Hyphessobrycon eques).Odessa barb fish (Pethia padamy).Bloodfin tetra fish (Aphyocharax anisitsi).Cherry barb fish (Puntius titteya).Black neon tetra fish (Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi).German blue ram fish (Mikrogeophagus ramirezi).
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Description

2" | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

3" | 5 or more | 30 gal

PH 6-8 | Aggressive

2" | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

2” | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6-8 | Peaceful

1.5" | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

2.5" | Single | 20 gal

PH 6.5 - 7.5 | Peaceful

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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.

Pethia padamya

Characteristics:

Max Size: 3″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Semi-Aggressive

Dwelling: Middle of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 - 82

PH: 6 – 8

dGH: 3 - 10

dKH: 4 – 10

Tank Size: 30 gal

Grouping: 5 or more

Tank Mates

 Cories, Loaches, Platies and Rad-tailed sharks.  Avoid Bettas, Guppies, Gouramis and small snails.

Notes

The Odessa Barb can be aggressive with other Odessas in the same tank, particularly the males exerting dominance.  They may also nip at slower moving fish or fish with long-flowing fins, such as Guppies, Angelfish, Betta fish, Goldfish, Gourami and small snails.

Aphyocharax anisitsi

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 – 7.2

dGH: 4 – 8

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

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

Notes

Bloodfin tetras can be both subtle and vibrant.  Their silver bodies and red highlights make them great community fish.  General rule is 2 gallons per fish. Provide a minimum of 10 gallons, but aim for 20 to provide extra room to swim.  Avoid aggressive or territorial species or large fish with big mouths such as cichlids.

Puntius titteya

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 82

PH: 6 – 8

dGH: 3 - 10

dKH: 4 – 7

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Platies, Loaches, Otocinclus and snails

Notes

Cherry Barbs are actually peaceful compare to other barb species.  They grow up to 2" in size and are great tank mates with general nano community fish.

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.

Aphyocharax anisitsi

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2.5″

Care Level: Intermediate

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 78° – 85°

PH: 6.5 – 7.5

dGH: 6 – 14

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 20 gal

Grouping: Single

Tank Mates

Most nano fish and peaceful dwarf cichlids including but not limited to:  Cherry Barbs, Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Guppies, Plecos, Dwarf Corydoras, Loaches, Otocinclus

Notes

German Blue Rams are popular for their super vibrant colors.  They're a smaller and peaceful cichlid, but require tight water parameters and need a lot of space when housing more than one.

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