I wanted to name our little friend xray because you can see right thru his eye and out the other side. Cool little buddy. bloop bloop bloop... :) hunnys daughter named him col. sanders.? these fish are cool!! We're down to 2 (had 4) that are doing very well. New tank and just learning...it's not quite as simple as we thought it would be. Buy tank, add water, add fish. Learning that there's a little more to it than that. Sorry lenny (fish 1) and wigga (fish 2). And RIP Red. (poor little betta..learning curve..oops. and where can we buy a panda telescope? Anybody know? :) bloop bloop bloop... bettybloop
We have two large iridescent sharks we are looking to find another home for. Our tank is too small and they are very large. Do you have a big tank? Do you know they can grow 3-4 feet? Where are you located? Jackie
Hi! I thought I was buying a danio but it ended up being PetCo sold me a super small juvenile Ranbow Cichlid! Now I would like to buy a similiar one so this lil guy can have company. If you know where I can find another one, please let me know! I haven't been able to find another one at Petco since I bought mine...thanks! Kobie
I am looking for a source of several hundred cichlids. They will be research animals, not pets. I am doing a study looking at male mate choice and fecundity based on selection of female in relation to the size of her orange 'patch'. The animals will not be required all at once (actually it is preferable that they are not all at once) but we will need about 50 at a time. We need fish which are greater than 1 inch in length and about twice the number of females to males.
If anyone has any suggestions! Kristy
Looking for a 6in+ sized cat, if you have one let us know Erich
The Lemon Tetra Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis is a curious fish both in looks and in behavior. Although its body is transparent, it will have a lemon coloring overall if it is properly kept and well fed. It is also quite inquisitive and friendly, making it a very good community aquarium inhabitant.
This very adaptable species is ideal for a community aquarium with other peaceful fish. Like all tetras, the Lemon Tetras are happiest in a school of 6 or more of their own kind. In nature, these characins are found in large shoals containing thousands of fish.
Being commercially bred, Lemon Tetras are readily available. Wild specimens are rarely collected due to the low price of the farmed fish. They are also moderately hardy and fairly easy to spawn, making them a great choice for beginning aquarists. The Lemon Tetra will appreciate a planted aquarium that is balanced with plenty of open space in which it can swim around with its buddies. Some floating plants to help dim the light will help make them very comfortable.
This is a very pretty fish in general, but the Lemon Tetra is most attractive when it is well maintained. It will show its best coloring with a proper diet, which can include a color enhancing food, such as Tetra Ruby. A color morph of this fish has been developed that is albino, but the lemon form is still more popular.
The Lemon Tetra Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis was described by Ahl in 1937. They are found in South America in the Iquitos region of the Peruvian amazon in the Tapajós River basin. This species is listed on the IUCN Red as Least Concern as they have a wide distribution and no major widespread threats. Most, if not all, Lemon Tetras available are commercially-bred, and an albino color morph has been developed. Wild specimens are rarely collected due to the low price of commercially farmed fish.
In the wild, these tetras tend to stay in the shallow, slower-moving parts of the river and show a preference for small tributaries, creeks, and flooded forest areas. The Tapajós River basin is much clearer and has a higher mineral content than most rivers in the Amazon. The Lemon Tetra will stay in massive shoals, sometimes containing several thousand fish. They confuse the predators with their coloring, so they are not able to focus on a particular fish to attack. These tetras feed on worms, small crustaceans, and plants.
Scientific Name: Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis
Social Grouping: Groups - In the wild, they are found in massive shoals, sometimes containing several thousand fish.
IUCN Red List: LC - Least Concern
The Lemon Tetra is a full-bodied and laterally-compressed species of tetra. This fish will generally reach about 2 inches (5 cm) in length and has a lifespan of about 4 to 8 years. Its body is transparent with a very delicate, golden, yellow-orange color. The front part of the anal fin is bright yellow and edged with black, and the top half of the eyes is a deep red. Juveniles are usually translucent with only a hint of color.
Size of fish - inches: 2.0 inches (5.00 cm)
Lifespan: 8 years - These fish have a lifespan of anywhere from 4 to 8 years.
Fish Keeping Difficulty
Lemon Tetras are commercially-bred in huge numbers. They are very adaptable and will thrive in most well-maintained tanks. These hardy fish make a good choice for the beginning aquarist.
Aquarium Hardiness: Moderately hardy
Aquarist Experience Level: Beginner
Foods and Feeding
The Lemon Tetra really benefits from "color" foods. Since they are omnivorous, these fish will generally eat all kinds of live, fresh, and flake foods. To keep a good balance, give them a high quality flake food every day. Feed brine shrimp (either live or frozen) or blood worms as a treat. Feed these tetras several times a day and only what they can consume in 3 minutes or less at each feeding.
Diet Type: Omnivore
Flake Food: Yes
Tablet / Pellet: Yes
Live foods (fishes, shrimps, worms): Some of Diet
Vegetable Food: Some of Diet
Meaty Food: Some of Diet
Feeding Frequency: Several feedings per day - This fish should be fed a rich and diverse diet to promote good coloration.
This tetra is easy to care for provided their water is kept clean. Aquariums are closed systems, and regardless of size, all need some maintenance. Over time, decomposing organic matter, nitrates, and phosphate build up and water hardness increases due to evaporation. To combat these ever-changing conditions, water should be replaced on a regular basis, especially if the tank is densely stocked. At least 25 to 50% of the tank water should be replaced every other week.
Water Changes: Bi-weekly
Lemon Tetras are adaptable fish and will thrive in most well-maintained tanks. They are fairly hardy, and a school of 6 will do best in a 15 to 20 gallon aquarium. Lemon Tetras will look particularly nice in a heavily-planted setup and can appear a little washed out if the decor is too sparse. These fish will appreciate a few hiding places and dim lighting.
The aquarium should be heavily planted around the sides and back and have plenty of open water for swimming in the front. They seem to do best in an Amazon biotope tank setup. In this setup, the substrate should consist of river sand and a decor with driftwood, twisted roots, and some dried leaves. The leaves will give the tank a natural feel and stain the water to resemble that of their natural habitat. Remove and replace the leaves every few weeks. Aquarium-safe peat can also be added to the filter to give a black water effect.
Minimum Tank Size: 15 gal (57 L) - A 15-gallon tank is the smallest size that could house the school this fish requires to be comfortable and show its best coloration.
Suitable for Nano Tank: Yes
Substrate Type: Any
Lighting Needs: Moderate - normal lighting - In very strong lighting, especially if the tank gravel and decorations are bright, this fish will appear washed out.
Temperature: 72.0 to 82.0° F (22.2 to 27.8° C)
Breeding Temperature: 75.0° F - These fish will spawn between 75 to 78.8° F (24 to 26° C).
Range ph: 5.5-8.0
Hardness Range: 3 - 20 dGH - The Lemon Tetra is best kept at the lower range as it will lose color at a higher dGH.
Water Movement: Moderate
Water Region: All - These fish will swim in all areas of the aquarium.
The Lemon Tetra is ideal for a community aquarium with other peaceful fish. They can be kept in large schools and will do best in a school of at least 6 individuals. Tetras can be easily spooked into hiding, so situate the tank appropriately.
Same species - conspecifics: Yes - Keep a minimum school of 6, but more are better.
Peaceful fish (): Safe
Semi-Aggressive (): Threat
Aggressive (): Threat
Large Semi-Aggressive (): Threat
Large Aggressive, Predatory (): Threat
Slow Swimmers & Eaters (): Monitor - Monitor - Tetras can out compete them for food.
Shrimps, Crabs, Snails: Safe - not aggressive
Sex: Sexual differences
The male has a more pointed dorsal fin and is more colorful than the female. The black edge of the male's anal fin is also more pronounced than the females. The female is plumper.
Breeding / Reproduction
Lemon Tetras are egg scatterers that exhibit no parental care. They are moderately easy to breed, but sometimes females have trouble expelling eggs, and it may be necessary to combine a male with several females to induce spawning. A large adult female in prime condition may produce up to 300 eggs. When the fish spawn, the female will release the eggs among fine-leaved plants. Parents must be removed immediately after spawning, or they will eat the eggs.
They can be spawned in pairs, but the most successful way to spawn these fish is in groups of 1 male with 4 to 5 females. Feed this group small, live foods, and nature should then take over and spawning will begin. It is best to set up a separate tank for breeding to get the best number of fry. Provide a breeding tank no larger than 10 ten gallons, though a smaller 3 to 5 gallon tank is adequate. Keep the tank dimly lit with clumps of spawning mops or java moss, so the female has a place to deposit the eggs. A layer of mesh also works if it is wide enough for eggs to pass through but small enough to keep parents out. The water should be soft and acidic with a pH 6.5 to 7.2 and a temperature of 75 to 78.8° F (24 to 26° C). A small, air-powered sponge filter is need for filtration and aeration.
Once a successful spawn has been achieved, remove the parents. Eggs will hatch in approximately 24 hours, and fry become free-swimming 5 days later. The fry are not initally robust, but after the first couple of days, the surviving fry prove to be very hardy and will grow rapidly. For the first few days, feed the fry infusoria-type foods until they can feed on microworm or brine shrimp nauplii. See Breeding Freshwater Fish: Characins for a general description of breeding processes, and see Fish Food for Fry for information about types of foods for raising the young.
Ease of Breeding: Moderate - These fish tend to breed either very readily or extremely reluctantly, depending on the compatibility of breeding pairs and the tank conditions.
Lemon Tetra are prone to develop ick and fungus if their tank water is not kept very clean. Anything you add to your tank can introduce disease. Not only other fish but plants, substrate, and decorations can harbor bacteria. Take great care and make sure to properly clean or quarantine anything that you add to an established tank so as not to upset the balance.
A good thing about this tetra is they can be used as markers of poor water conditions, allowing the wary aquarist to catch issues at an early stage. When keeping more sensitive types of fish, it is common for all fishes to be infected even before the first warning signs can be noticed. The best way to proactively prevent disease is to provide the proper environment and a well-balanced diet. The more closely their environment resembles their natural habitat, the less stress the fish will have, making them healthier and happier. Stressed fish are more likely to acquire disease.
As with most fish, they are prone to skin flukes, parasitic infestations (protozoa, worms, etc.), ichthyobodo infection, parasitic infestations (protozoa, worms, etc.), bacterial infections (general), and bacterial disease. Lemon Tetra are fairly hardy, but even in a well-maintained tank, they are prone to disease. Aquarists should read up on common tank diseases. Knowing the signs and catching and treating them early makes a huge difference. For information about freshwater fish diseases and illnesses, see Aquarium Fish Diseases and Treatments.
The Lemon Tetra is readily available and reasonably priced.
Connor - 2014-10-15 We have 6 lemon tetras and they are gorgeous fish and they get on with my neon tetras, guppies and my cherry barbs and my lemon tetras are eating well and they all like to swim together. They are peaceful fish and I am planning to get some more because I love them so much. So I recommend you get these fish.
mike - 2012-03-24 I have 5 of these lemon tetras in a community tank.with a roseline shark and 3 germanram cichlids. The tetras are fun to watch and constantly hang out with a female German ram. Planning to buy 3 or 4 more lemon tetras
Anonymous - 2004-10-07 I Love these fish they have a good personality, like when my Bala gets scared and swims into the "Cave" he looks at them and looks at you like "I Can take you on, come on!" and stares at you. Good Fish
Louie miller - 2005-12-30 these were my first fish and I love them, they are relaxing to watch and their color is always incredible, I started with 6 and lost 2 in the last 2 years, I just purchased 9 more when i went from a 10g tank to a 50g tank , They look awesome schooling together