Tropical Fish for Freshwater Aquariums: Red Minor Serpae Tetra
Red Minor Serpae Tetra
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Red Minor Serpae Tetra (Hyphessobrycon callistus)

Quick Stats

Minimum Tank Size 10 gallons
Care Level Moderate
Temperament Semi-aggressive
Water Conditions 72-82° F, KH 4-8, pH 6.0-7.5
Max. Size 2"
Color Form Black, Orange, Red
Diet Omnivore
Origin Captive-Bred
Family Characidae
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The Red Minor Serpae Tetra is a usually peaceful, schooling fish that comes from the regions of South America. It can be a minor fin nipper, so other species with delicate fins are best kept separate. Receiving its name from its red/orange body with black markings behind the head and on dorsal and anal fins, the hardy Red Minor Serpae Tetra is great for the community aquarium.

Hiding spaces such as rocks, plants, and driftwood are recommended to give this fish a sense of security. Taller plants should be used to coincide with its mid-level swimming habits along with plenty of rock formed cave structures.

Serpae Tetras will breed occasionally in an aquarium setting and a hospital or "breeding tank" will be necessary. Slightly acidic water is best for optimal breeding habits. After the eggs have been fertilized, removing the parents will be necessary to reduce the number of lost fry. Feed the fry baby brine shrimp or crushed flake food.

The Red Minor Serpae Tetra will accept many small foods such as brine shrimp or daphnia, freeze-dried bloodworms and tubifex, micro pellet food, and a high quality flake food.

Approximate Purchase Size: 1-1/4" to 1-3/4"

Customer Testimonials

Sarah A Baldwyn , MS
Wonderful little community fish! Lively and colorful. Can be a bit of a fin nipper, though, so you'll want to have them in a good group of 5 or more. I love mine!
Tony T San Diego , CA
These fish are really beautiful, especially the Longfin. They add the beautiful, vibrant, red color in the tank. I have 15 of these and let me tell you, they are my favorite tetras in terms of beauty and not to mention, easy to keep!
Good community fish. Will nip fins a little bit but overall a good community fish
John M Troy , MI
I have four of them in my 55 gallon fish tank and they are wonderful, but they fin nip a little.
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