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The Serpae Tetra, also known as Hyphessobrycon eques, is a popular freshwater fish species that originates from South America. They are a great choice for beginner aquarists due to their hardy nature and ease of care.


Serpae Tetras are small, reaching a maximum size of 2 inches, and require a minimum tank size of 10 gallons. They are a schooling fish and should be kept in groups of 6 or more. They are active swimmers and appreciate plenty of hiding places, live plants, and open swimming areas.


These omnivores will eat a variety of foods, including flakes, pellets, and small pieces of vegetables. It's important to provide a balanced diet to ensure they receive all the necessary nutrients for optimal health.


The Serpae Tetra's unique characteristic is their striking red coloration, which extends from their head to their tail. They are known for their feisty and sometimes aggressive nature, which can be mitigated by keeping them in a large enough group and with other fish species of similar size and temperament.


Water Parameters:

  • pH: 6.0-8.0
  • gH: 5-19
  • kH: 3-12
  • TDS: 100-300
  • Temperature: 72-79°F


Please note that these are general guidelines, and for more accurate values, we encourage you to contact Living Aquarium by phone or in person. Within store hours, our team of experts are always happy to answer any questions you may have and provide personalized guidance on care.

Serpae Tetra

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