Serpae Tetra

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Serpae Tetra

Origin:

The Serpae Tetra is widespread through Rivers in South America.

Size:

4 – 5cm or 1.5 – 1.75 inches

Aquarium Size:

90 litres/20 gallons – despite their small size, these are active, shoaling fish best kept in larger groups.

Preferred water conditions:

  • Temp: 22-26°C
  • pH: 5 – 7.8
  • Hardness: Soft <15dGH

Diet:

Serpae Tetra are omnivorous and will readily accept flake or small pellet foods. They will also appreciate more meaty treats such as daphnia and brine shrimp.

Behaviour:

Serpae Tetra are schooling fish and are best kept in larger groups in order to bring out the most natural behaviour. A very peaceful fish the Serpae is rarely a threat to other fish but could be an easy snack to larger fish if kept in the same aquarium.

Sexing:

Females appear rounder than males. Males are slender and show slightly brighter colours, particularly when they are ready to spawn.

Breeding:

Serpae Tetra will readily breed in the correct conditions. Spawning occurs in plants or a spawning mop, the female will scatter eggs and the male will fertilise them. Eggs are best separated from the parents as they are likely to eat them. 

Notes:

Serpae Tetra are a very popular aquarium fish. Their bright colours and shoaling can transform the drabbest of aquariums into a sea of colour. Despite their small size, Serpaes do require a larger aquarium as they are best kept in schools. 6 Serpae should be considered an absolute minimum but to witness their true behaviour more are needed, numbers of 12+ will help them to feel most secure.

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