Characins (Such as: Tetras, Hatchetfish)

Characins

These fish originate in South America and Africa. They are very suitable fish for any aquarium, and their sizes vary. Tetras are probably the most famous of this family, Neon Tetras are always popular. Don’t forget about the Piranha, a fearsome fish with a taste for flesh

Silver Dollar (Metynnis argenteus): Quite a popular fish. Peaceful, and is a schooler. Although you can only see the fins with a few spots, this fish can get quite a few “pimples” on their body. Small, black spots so dont worry straight away!!
Size Origin Ease of keep Food Temp Type
130 mm Amazon Moderate Herbivore 26 C Friendly

Buenos Aires Tetra (Hemigrammus caudovittatus):
This Tetra is a silver coloured bodied fish, with a black stripe toward the lower area. The fins are dark orange. These fish tend to schoal.

Size Origin Ease of keep Food Temp Type
65 mm S.America Moderate all foods 24 C Friendly
Serpea Tetra (): This is a very colourful Tetra, and I have 4 of these in one of my aquariums. They are a very fast swimming fish, very hard to catch with a net. They can behave aggresively to a weaker fish of there species when there is insufficient food.

Size Origin Ease of keep Food Temp Type
30 mm S.America Moderate all foods 24 C Friendly
Black-Winged Hatchfish (Carnegiella marthae): This has a unusual shaped fish. It is basically brown, with a black rim across the body, which has many spots. It can also “fly” above the water, by flapping its pectoral fins, so make sure that the cover is closed.

Size Origin Ease of keep Food Temp Type
35 mm India Easy Floating foods 24 C Friendly
Diamond Tetra (Moenkhausia pittieri): This is a attractive fish, with violet and green scales. The fins are grey-violet with white edges.

Size Origin Ease of keep Food Temp Type
75 mm S.America Moderate all foods 24 C Friendly

Rummy-nosed Tetra (Hemigrammus rhodostomus): This fish has a silver coloured body, a black and white caudal fin and a very red face. It is avery shy fish, and very sensetive to changes in water conditions.

Size Origin Ease of keep Food Temp Type
55 mm S.America Difficult all foods 24 C Friendly

Lemon Tetra (Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis): The body colouring is a very pale yellow, although the leading edge of the anal fin is bright yellow. There are “albino” forms now

Size Origin Ease of keep Food Temp Type
55 mm S.America Easy all foods 24 C Friendly

Neon Tetra (Paracheirodon innesi): With a red colouration topped by an electric-blue flash, this is a very popular little fish. Occasionaly it falls victim to the incurable Neon Disease

Size Origin Ease of keep Food Temp Type
45 mm S.America Moderate all foods 24 C Friendly

Red Piranha (Serrasalmus nattereri): The “Jaws” of the freshwater tropical aquarium, I’m sure that everyone has heard of this fish. Its teeth-filled mouth and aggresive nature makes it suitable only for a piranha only tank.

Size Origin Ease of keep Food Temp Type
300 mm S.America Moderately easy Meat 24 C Species
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