The Ember Tetra (Hyphessobrycon amandae) is a freshwater fish of the characin family (family Characidae) of order Characiformes. A small community fish that brings colour to a tropical aquarium. They are hardy so great for beginners and perfect for nano aquariums. 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. Ember tetra prefer a lower pH of around 6-7.
Ember tetras will school with other tetras, such as the neon tetra, but may become stressed by the presence of significantly larger fish. 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 are middle level swimmers in an aquarium, they don’t feed from the bottom of the tank. 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.
Please be aware that the image is for illustration purposes only. We are unable to guarantee the size, colour, sex or age of the fishes you are purchasing. If you have any questions regarding livestock please contact us. To minimise stress we are unable to hand pick specific fish. Lifespan is an estimate based on optimum conditions.
Approx. size: 0.5-1cm
Maximum size: 3cm
Origin: South America
Ideal number kept together: 5+
Hardness: 18-179 ppm
Temperature: 20–28 °C
Ease of care
Easy. These warm water fish are great for hobbyist just starting to look after tropical fish.
The main food we recommend would be tropical fish flake. Occasional live or frozen food can be given as a treat. 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.
Community with other small fish.
Popular tankmates: Dwarf Gourami, Discus, Cherry Barbs, Rasbora, Red Cherry Shrimp.
Easy. They will need dim lighting and hiding places around the aquarium.
They can live up to 10 years in perfect conditions.