melanura, H. marginata, Hemigrammus nanus
PD: A slightly elongated fish with a yellow to gray body color.
The head is silver while the fins are
The tail, dorsal, anal fins have white tips.
A yellow line that turns black near the tail,
extends the length of the body.
No adipose fin is present.
SIZE: To 2" (5 cm)
HAB: Small black and white water streams.
South America: Brazil; in tributaries
of the Rio Purus, and in Rio Sao Francisco Basin.
TANK: 20" (50 cm) or 10 gallons (38 l).
The tank should be arranged in dark
colors and a cover of floating plants should be used to dim the lighting.
The tank should have areas of heavy
planting and some open swimming areas.
Provide good aeration.
WATER: pH 6-7.5 (6.6), 5-20 dH (8), 72-82°F (22-28°C)
SB: A peaceful, schooling fish recommended for community tank.
Keep in groups of at least 4 individuals.
Corydoras, Apistogramma, tetras, Loricarids.
FOOD: Live; Brine Shrimp, insect larvae; flake.
SEX: The male is slender and more colorful. It also has a white tip on its anal fin, while
the female's tip is yellow.
B: Use water with a pH of 5.5-6.5, a water hardness of 2-5 dH, and a water temperature
of 72-79°F (22-26°C). Suggest peat filtration.
Use a breeding tank with mesh netting or marbles at tank bottom so
the eggs fall out of the reach of cannibalistic parents.
The eggs hatch in 20-30 hours. The fry are easy
to raise and should be fed crushed dry and small live foods.
Breeding the Silver-tipped Tetra is fairly difficult.
R: This fish differs from
Hyphessobrycon by its lack of an adipose
A hardy fish ideal for the community tank of a beginning aquariast.