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Hyphessobrycon amandae
Ember Tetra

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Name: Hyphessobrycon amandae
Size TankpHTemp
Origin: Araguaia Basin (Brazil)
2 cm 30 L 6.9 26C

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These little guys are just a delight. Kind of rare in the retail areas, but a gem of a find if you're lucky. I have a dozen of these Tetras in my 75 liter and they do great. I think the characteristics and behaviors are similar to the Cardinals and Neons, but the coloring of this species of Tetras can really only be appreciated up close and personal. They look like little copper nuggets swimming and schooling. I highly recommend them for any communinty tank.

Contributed by Jay Anson
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These are really great fish. If you can find them, get them. They are hard to locate, but worth the search. Easy to care for and fun to watch, the Ember tetras are great schoolers, and very peaceful fish. They are really small though, so make sure to keep them with fish that have small mouths. Mine are great with Emperor tetras, Lemon tetras, and Corys. They also tend to eat their food as it falls, instead of going to the top for it, so really fast fish will get all the food. I have 5 tanks, and these are by far my favorite fish.

Contributed by Trayci
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I kept Embers in a planted 20 long for quite some time; they're a gorgeous, somewhat uncommon tetra. At adulthood, they're quite bright orange/red but maintain their translucence. Females may stay slightly less vibrant but every Ember stands out beautifully against plants, and they're good schoolers that rarely spook.

Contributed by Molly Leonard
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Ember tetras are a wonderful fish. They are active, incredibly small fish that add life to any aquarium. They are even fine living in a school of 4-5 in a small aquarium. Embers are good eaters and display a nature as robust as the larger Serpae tetra, though they are too small to really hurt anyone. I have seen this fish display anything from brilliant red, to bright gold. Mine also show a bright gold spot on the dorsal fin most of the time. Sexing is also fairly easy - the females are bigger, and generally quite plum. This is a great community fish and attractive in both beauty and charm.

Contributed by Steve
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I had a hard time finding these guys. I've found that they are a hardy, undemanding species, and flourish in prime water conditions, where they really show off their deep red color. I feed mine with bloodworms twice a week, and have 7 of these guys housed in a 112 L tank with some corys, a few otos, and 2 honey red gouramies. Excellent fish for a beginner, if you can find them. Good luck!

Contributed by Charlie
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They are a beautiful orange color. I've had six of these little guys in a school for about two years. They are quiet, adorable and do well in a planted aquarium. My tanks pH stays around 7.6 and they seem to have adapted pretty well. From everything Ive seen Id say they are pretty hardy. They hold their own in a peaceful 200 L community tank with some other tetras, marble hatchet fish, ghost cats, pearl gouramis and a clown loach. While I have to admit that they do get kind of lost in there; it is nice the way they make the quietest most deserted parts of the tank their home (all of my other tetras like one half of the tank and refuse to go to the other half even though it's pretty much the same). They are very charming, would likely make a better display in a heavily planted 75 L species tank. Mine have no problem with flake food.

Contributed by Miranda



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