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The Lemon Tetra, or Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis, is a small, freshwater fish that is native to the slow-moving streams and rivers of South America. Here is an overview of this species:
- The Lemon Tetra is a peaceful fish that can be kept in small to medium-sized groups in community tanks. They are very active and love to swim around in open spaces, so providing plenty of swimming room in the aquarium is important.
- They are a small fish, growing to a maximum length of around 1.5 inches, making them suitable for smaller aquariums.
- The Lemon Tetra is named for its lemon-yellow coloration, which covers most of its body. They have a distinctive black spot on their dorsal fin, which adds to their unique appearance.
- They are omnivores and will eat a variety of foods, including flakes, pellets, and live or frozen foods such as brine shrimp or bloodworms.
- They prefer a well-planted aquarium with a temperature range of 72-82°F and a pH range of 6.0-7.5. They are sensitive to poor water conditions, so good filtration and regular water changes are essential.
- The Lemon Tetra is relatively easy to breed in captivity, with females laying eggs on the leaves of plants or other surfaces in the aquarium. The eggs will hatch in about 24 hours, and the fry will be free-swimming after a few days.
- They are a popular species in the aquarium trade due to their peaceful temperament and attractive coloration. They are also hardy and relatively easy to care for, making them a good choice for beginner aquarists.