Aquarium Fish

Red Tail Mirror Tetra

posted: 05/15/12
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Red Tail Mirror Tetra
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The Red Tail Mirror Tetra gets its name from its bright red tail, and its reflective body. Perfect for the community aquarium, this hardy Tetra will be a great choice for the beginner to the expert aquarist.

A planted aquarium of at least 30 gallons will be the ideal environment for the Red Tail Mirror Tetra. Rocks and driftwood help mirror its natural habitat and will help to reduce stress on this fish. This species does best with soft, slightly acidic water with high filtration.

The Red Tail Mirror Tetra will breed occasionally in an aquarium setting and a hospital or "breeding tank" will be necessary. Slightly acidic water is best for optimal breeding habits. After spawning, remove the parents or they will eat their offspring.

The Red Tail Mirror Tetra will accept many small foods such as brine shrimp or daphnia, freeze-dried bloodworms and tubifex, micro pellet food, and a high quality flake food.

Ideal tank mates include: Tetras, Dwarf Gouramis, Danios, Rasboras, Rainbowfish, Discus, Angelfish, Guppies, Platies, Mollies, Swordtails, Plecos and small Scavenger Catfish.

Fish Facts

Name: Red Tail Mirror Tetra (Hyphessobrycon sp.)

Family: Characidae

Range: South America

Size: Up to 2.5 inches

Diet: Omnivore

Tank Set-up: Freshwater: Plants, rocks

Tank Conditions: 72-77°F; pH 6.0-6.5; dH 4-8

Minimum Tank Capacity: 30 gallons

Light: Medium

Temperament: Peaceful

Swimming Level: Middle

Care Level: Easy

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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