Lemon Tetra (Hyphessobrycon pulchripiniss)
A pretty little fish with a lemon colouring when properly kept and well fed, though semi-transparent in appearance. It is lively and friendly, and consequently a good choice for a community aquarium with other peaceful fish. Like pretty much all tetras, they are happiest in a shoal of six or more of their own kind. Most Lemon Tetras are commercially bred, so readily available. They originally come from Peru, but wild caught ones are fairly rare nowadays. They are also fairly hardy and fairly easy to breed, making them a popular choice for beginners. They like a planted aquarium with plenty of open space in which it can swim around with its fishy friends and some floating plants to provide shade and hiding places: the plants will also enhance their colour and present them at their best, appearance-wise.
Lemon Tetras really benefits from colour enhancing flake foods, and they will also eat all kinds of live and fresh foods. To keep a good balance, give them a high quality flake food every day. They can be given brine shrimp or blood worms as a treat.
Size (fully grown): 5cm (2″)
Water temperature: 22 – 28C
Water pH: 5.5 – 8