Ucayali Tetra (Hyphessobrycon frankei)

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Ucayali Tetra

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Ucayali Tetra

Hyphessobrycon frankei

57 Litres (15 US G.)

2.5-4.6cm (1-1.8 ")

sg

Freshwater

pH

3.5 - 5.5

22.8-27.8°C (73 -82 °F)

4-8 °d

1:2 M:F

Omnivore
Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods
Other (See article)

2-5 years

Family

Characidae




Origin

South America: Ucayali River basin.

Sexing

Tricky to visually sex. Mature females may be slightly plumper than males.

Tank compatibility

A peaceful fish, keep in groups of 6 or more. Will co-exist with most other peaceful community fish but avoid keeping them with slow-moving long-finned fish or fish that are large enough to eat it.

Diet

Omnivorous, should take pellets and flake as well as live and frozen food.

Feeding regime

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment Specifics

This fish prefers a spacious tank with open swimming place and room to shoal. Some hiding places in plants would be appreciated. They do require very soft, acidic and tannin-stained waters, they may be able to be carefully acclimated to slightly harder water.

Behaviour

A peaceful shoaling fish.

Identification

A pretty and distinctive tetra with red adipose, dorsal and anal fins along with red and white bands and a triangular black spot at the base of the caudal fin. The body is iridescent silver with a white band running along the spine from the dorsal spine to the caudal peduncle. Can be mistaken for Hyphessobrycon heliacus, but H.heliacus lack the red fins.

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