Vampire Tetra - Hydrolycus scomberoides - Small
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Despite its toothy name and appearance, the Vampire Tetra is actually fairly peaceful with tankmates too large to be eaten. They are best kept alone due to their large adult size and messy feeding habits, but they can be kept with large peaceful tankmates if the tank is large enough.
Feeding can be difficult as Vampire Tetras may only accept live foods when introduced into the tank. They should be weaned onto frozen or freeze-dried meaty foods if possible for better health and nutritional value.
Since these fish are native to rivers and streams, they should have ample water flow and high dissolved oxygen. They are usually safe with plants but should have plenty of open swimming room in the tank. They may jump from the tank if startled so a tight-fitting secure lid is recommended.
|Common Name||Vampire Tetra - Small|
|Scientific Name||Hydrolycus scomberoides|
|Max Size (in inches)||46|
|Min Tank Size (in gallons)||300|
|Difficulty||Moderate to High|
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