Flag Tetra (Hyphessobrycon Heterorhabdus)
Flag Tetra (Hyphessobrycon Heterorhabdus)The Flag Tetra fish can be found on the Amazon and it’s part of the Hyphessobrycon Heterorhabdus genus. They enjoy eating dried food, plant matter, crustaceans and worms and they can get to a length of 4.5cm (1.8 inches). The temperature of the water should vary between 23 and 25 degrees Celsius (73 to 77F), and it should be a bit acidic or soft.
This fish was first used in aquariums in the beginning of the 20th century. Unfortunately, it’s less hardy than other tetra species.
If you take the body shape into consideration, they look like the Black Neon Tetra fish. You can tell the female from the male by the fact that she’s bulkier.
The back of this fish is red-brown, while the abdomen has a silver color, with a bit of green-olive in it. Another distinctive mark is a black stripe, with another one which is yellow or green on top, plus an orange one above.
This species enjoy shoaling, so it would be better to hold five to eight of them together.
You can easily breed Flag Tetra fish while they’re captive. It happens while the fish are in open water, with the eggs dropping at the bottom of the tank. Once that happens, take the fish out, because they might eat their young or the eggs.
Unfortunately, the eggs can easily get fungus and the young fish can get diseases, breeding doesn’t always have a happy result.