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Lemon Tetra - Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis

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The Lemon Tetra (Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis) is dusky yellow in color with a black edge on the ventral fin and some black in the dorsal as well. They have bright red eyes and a bright yellow stripe to the first few rays of the ventral fin.

Many tropical community aquariums are populated with tetras, rasboras and other similar schooling fish. Though these fish are rather small, their pleasant temperaments, the schooling behaviors they exhibit and a vast variety of colors and shapes make them popular in the hobby. They can grow anywhere from a few centimeters to a few inches, and can add movement to a freshwater fish tank. Most of these fish are fairly easy to care for and have similar water chemistry and care requirements.

Tetras are probably the the largest group of fish offered for community aquariums. They can be distinguished from other schooling community fish by the small adipose fin present between the dorsal fin and the tail. Tetras include small species that may stay under one inch in length and are suitable for community aquariums to much larger and more robust species that can grow up to several inches and need more aggressive tankmates.

These fish prefer aquariums with plenty plants and ornamentation to explore, but also need plenty of open space to swim. 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. They prefer to be kept in groups of six or more to school and feel secure. Fish not kept in proper schools may be stressed and remain hidden or may become extremely nippy and aggressive.


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Common NameLemon Tetra
Scientific NameHyphessobrycon pulchripinnis
OriginSouth America
Max Size (in inches)1.5
Community SafeYes
pH Range6.5-7.5
Min Tank Size (in gallons)10
Temperature Range75-82
Internal Id

State Restrictions
Armed Forces Americas
Armed Forces Europe
Armed Forces Pacific
Puerto Rico


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This fish is one of the ideal tetras, in my opinion. It's hardy, schools well, peaceful to other tankmates, is active and adds beautiful color to the tank. Two things should be kept in mind, however. Like most schooling fish, five is the minimum number if you want them to behave well. Seven or nine are even better. Secondly, I think they share their best color if the gravel and background are darker in color. They really take on a deep, rich tone with black gravel and black backing. They also make a great contrast to a tank with plenty of dark green plants. This is one of those fish that should be in more aquariums.