Buenos Aires Tetra - Hyphessobrycon anisitsi
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Though the name "Tetra" is synonymous with "small, peaceful and community fish" to some aquarists, this does not apply to all tetras. While some are small and suitable for community aquariums, other species (such as this one) grow much larger and can be downright mean and belligerant. These fish prefer aquariums with plenty plants and ornamentation to explore, but also need plenty of open space to swim. Though not as peaceful as their smaller cousins, they are still schooling fish and should be kept in groups of six or more to school and disperse aggression.
They can be fed commercial flakes, granules and small pellets as a staple diet, with occasional feedings of meaty frozen or freeze dried treats such as bloodworms, plankton, mysis or brine shrimp. Some of the more predatory species may require live foods to initiate a feeding response but may accept prepared foods with time. Keep in a species-only aquarium or with fish of a similar size and temperament.
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|Common Name||Buenos Aires Tetra|
|Scientific Name||Hyphessobrycon anisitsi|
|Max Size (in inches)||2.5|
|Community Safe||Yes, with caution|
|Min Tank Size (in gallons)||30|
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Ratings & Reviews
by Completely Dissatisfied with these Aggressive Eaters!
I bought these fish from my local aquarium store and to my surprise have been an absolute NIGHTMARE!! I thought they were harmless tetras, which is what most of my 30 gallon consisted of. After purchasing these fish, they ate a school (5) of other fish I had and have destroyed my live plants!! Just goes to show you...do your homework before purchasing fish! Had the pet store warned me about these fish, I would have NEVER got them! I have called other stores to see if they will take them off my hands but nobody will. Is the next step to flush them?
I have three of them in my 55 gallon with gouramis, giant danios, cherry barbs, guppies, plattys, white skirt tetras, and rams. They are all doing great together.
Be aware that this species LOVES to strip Live plants and will do so in a short period of time. I experienced this first hand, when I purchased a school of 6 fish..only to have them shred my planted 55 gallon fully panted tank in 24hrs.. It was an unforeseen disaster.
<br>Well, it could have been averted, had the local fish store mentioned their veracious appetite.
Not Plant Safe but Great
by Jarvilo Hogne
This fish is better than people think. I keep mine with my Medium sized American Cichlids