Characins / Characinae / Silver-tipped Tetra

Silver-tipped Tetra
Hasemania nana

SYN: Hasemania 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 yellow. 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)
SS: None
HAB: Small black and white water streams. South America: Brazil; in tributaries of the Rio Purus, and in Rio Sao Francisco Basin.
S: middle
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.
SC: Colisa, 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.
BP: 7. Breeding the Silver-tipped Tetra is fairly difficult.
R: This fish differs from Hemigrammus and Hyphessobrycon by its lack of an adipose fin. Long-lived.
DC: 2. A hardy fish ideal for the community tank of a beginning aquariast.

By Rhett Butler


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