Photo taken at Wharf Aquatics
Photos © Sean Evans
|Common name:||Serpae tetra, Blood tetra|
|Scientific name:||Hyphessobrycon eques|
|Synonyms:||Hyphessobrycon serpae, Hyphessobrycon callistus|
|Origin:||South America (Central Amazon)|
|Tank setup:||Planted tank.|
|Compatibility:||Community, but does have a justified reputation as a fin-nipper. This tendency is reduced when
kept in a shoal (much like Tiger barbs). Avoid mixing with vulnerable long-finned fish such as male Guppies.|
|Water chemistry:||Around neutral pH (6.5-7.5). soft to medium hard.|
|Feeding:||Omnivorous: small live, frozen and dry foods.|
|Sexing:||Males are smaller and slimmer.|
|Breeding:||Use a small breeding tank with fine-leaved plants. Eggs will be scattered among the plants.
The fry will hatch in around 24-30 hours.|
This is one of a complex of species sometimes known as "Blood Tetras" or "Blood Characins".