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Ember tetra

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Kingdom  Animalia
Order  Characiformes
Genus  Hyphessobrycon
Higher classification  Hyphessobrycon
Phylum  Chordata
Family  Characidae
Scientific name  Hyphessobrycon amandae
Rank  Species
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Similar  Hyphessobrycon, Flame tetra, Hemigrammus erythrozonus, Serpae tetra, Rummy‑nose tetra

Ember tetra hyphessobrycon amandae species spotlight

The ember tetra (Hyphessobrycon amandae) is a freshwater fish of the characin family (family Characidae) of order Characiformes. It is native to the Araguaia River basin of Brazil and was discovered around fifteen years ago and named in honor of the fish explorer Heiko Bleher's mother (Amanda Bleher).


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This species is of typical tetra shape but grows to a maximum overall length of approximately 2 cm (0.8 in).; Most exhibit striking orange and reddish coloration with mild translucency near the pelvic fin. The eye frequently mirrors the color of the fish and is outlined in black.

The fish's natural diet consist of small invertebrates and plants.

Although somewhat hard to find in fish stores, H. amandae is commonly kept as an aquarium fish by hobbyists.

40 ember tetra hyphessobrycon amandae in densely planted aquascape

In the aquarium

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Ember tetras should be kept in acidic water with a pH near 6.6, and although their native habitat has very soft water they have adapted quite well to a wide range of hardness (5–17 dGH). The recommended temperature range is between 23–29 C (73–84 F). Ideally their tank should contain live plants, a darker substrate, and open water for swimming. Ember tetras should be kept in groups of at least 4–6, in order to promote schooling. They appreciate a heavily planted aquarium, ideally with a small area shaded from direct light and will spend a lot of time swimming through planted areas, which also offer some protection for their fry.

Ember tetras will school with other tetras, such as the neon tetra, but may become stressed by the presence of significantly larger fish.


These fish swim at the middle level of the aquarium, and they don't feed from the bottom of the tank. Therefore, it is recommended that they are kept with other bottom dwelling fish (such as pygmy corydoras) so that leftover food is then eaten up off the substrate and not left to waste.

Ember tetras can be fed a variety of foods, including flake, frozen, and freeze dried food. Small live foods like worms and brine shrimp are also recommended as they bring out the fish's colors.

In a well maintained heavily planted aquarium, Ember tetras have been known to live ten years or more.


Ember tetra Wikipedia

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