The Serpae tetra is a bright orange/ red tropical that will stand out against a planted freshwater aquarium. They strive best in planted tanks with loose leaves on the bottom to create a more natural environment.
The serpae tetra (Hyphessobrycon eques) also known as jewel tetra or callistus tetra, is a species of tropical freshwater fish of the characin family.
Common to these fish is a ‘twitching’ style of swimming, in which their movements seem more erratic as opposed to other fish. Instead of swimming smoothly or for long distances at a time, Serpae Tetras move in relatively short spurts, unless stressed. This is their normal behavior and by itself need not alarm aquarists.
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: 2cm
Maximum size: 4cm
Origin: South America
Ideal number kept together: 6+
Hardness: 18-268 ppm
Temperature: 20–28 °C
Ease of care
Easy. This tropical fish is great for hobbyist at all levels however they do need good water conditions.
The main food we recommend would be tropical fish flake. Occasional live or frozen food can be given as a treat.
Community with no long finned fish (like guppies) as they will nip them.
Popular tankmates: Bristlenose pleco, Cardinal and Black Tetra.
Moderate. To breed these fish, they should be given a small, dedicated breeding tank planted with thick bunches of fine-leaved plants on which they can lay eggs.
They can live to anything from 2-5 years in perfect conditions.