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Bigger Tetra Fish
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  This video shows a male and female Congo Tetra Fish. As is the case with many of the Bigger Tetra Fish, the Male Congo Tetra has longer fins than the female.
  These fish are Long Fin Black Skirt Tetras ...
  ... and these are Rummy Nose Tetras with their red "noses" and striped tails ...
  ... but we are not quite sure about the name of these Tetras. They were imported as wild fish and may be Serpae Tetras.
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Serpae Tetra schooling in a large aquarium.
Just above is a beautiful group of Red Serpae Tetras for sale at our online retail fish store. Click here for more about buying Tetras from us. Serpae Tetras are hardy fish that live best in a group with at least six Serpaes.
The Serpae Tetras, shown above, had just finished eating a big meal of floating flake food and freeze dried blood worms, so their stomachs look round and full.

Common Name

Scientific Name

Max. Size

Black Phantom Tetra
Hyphessobrycon megalopterus
Black Neon Tetra
Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi
Black Skirt Tetra
Black Tetra
Black Widow Tetra
Gymnocorymbus ternetzi 3"
Strawberry Tetra
Blueberry Tetra
Gymnocorymbus ternetzi 3"
Blind Cave Tetra
Blind Cave Fish
Astyanax mexicanus 4.75"
Blood Fin Tetra
Aphyocharax rubripinnis 1.75"
Congo Tetra
Phenacogrammus interruptus
Diamond Bleeding Heart
Flame-back Bleeding Heart
Red Tipped Bleeding Heart

Hyphessobrycon pyrrhonotus 1.75"
Head and Tail Light
Hemigrammus ocellifer 2"
Lemon Tetra
Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis
Red Serpae Tetra Hyphessobrycon eques
Formerly H. serpae
Red Eye Tetra
Moenkhausia sanctaefilomenae
Silver Tip Tetra
Hasemania nana 2"
Von Rio Tetra
Hyphessobrycon flammeus

Common Name

Scientific Name

Max. Size

The group of fish that we call the Bigger Tetras includes the fish listed above and many others. The care for all of these Tetras is about the same. Many of these Bigger Tetras are beautiful, and all of them have been favorites of aquarists for many years. These Bigger Tetras are mild tempered and don't do well in aquariums with aggressive fish. On the other hand these Bigger Tetras grow too big and become too aggressive for Neon Tetras and other Small Tetras.
Picture Gallery of Larger Tetras
Blind Cave Fish
The Blind Cave Fish, shown above, is a species of Tetra, which has no eyes. But it lives in caves with no light, and so eyes would not be able to see.
Serpae Tetras at, where you can shop online for Serpae Tetras.
The Red Serpae Tetra, shown above, is a wonderful aquarium fish that is very colorful and very popular.
Just above, a young mature Lemon Tetras, with a bright red eye in one of our aquariums, when this picture was snapped. This too is a wonderful aquarium fish.
Tetra Fish at, where you can shop online for Tetras.
Tetra Fish at, where you can shop online for Tetras.
Von Rio Tetra - Probably a male in the upper picture and a female in the lower picture, just above.
Tetra Fish at, where you can shop online for Tetras.
A young Black Skirt Tetra, probably a slim male, swimming in one of our aquariums and hoping that someone like you will buy it and give it a good home in your aquarium. Notice the unusual transparent membranes in the corners of this fish's mouth. Maybe this membrane keeps drool from running out!  ;^ }
Tetra Fish at, where you can shop online for Tetras.
This Black Skirt Tetra is plumper and so may be a female. As females fill with eggs their coloration also seems to become more golden.
Pristella Xray Tetras at, where you can shop online for Tetra Fish.
Pristella Xray Tetras at, where you can shop online for Tetra Fish.
X-Ray Tetras with a male above and female below.
Congo Tetras at
Shown above, the top picture is a mature male Congo Tetra, and the lower fish is a mature female, swimming in one of our aquariums. These fish's ancestors lived in Africa, but most Tetras species live in South America.
  Red Eye Tetras at
A Red Eye Tetra that lives in one of our beautiful aquariums. This species' ancestors also lived in Africa.
Bleeding Heart Tetras at
A Diamond Bleeding Heart Tetra which has a red spot in the middle of its body that you can barely see in this picture.
Penguin Tetras at
Just above, a Penguin Tetra
Columbian Tetras at
Just above, a Columbian Tetra
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Appropriate Home
An aquarium with an exterior power filter with a BIO-Wheel, a maximum of 1/4-inch of gravel, and an aquarium heater adjusted to 78 to 80 degrees F. Click here for more about warm water aquariums.


Recommended Diet
Floating flake food for Tropical Fish and freeze dried blood worms, which are actually mosquito larvae. Both of these foods are available in most stores that sell live fish. Bigger Tetras relish a few live Black Worms and live or frozen brine shrimp. Serpae Tetras will nip each other and other species unless they are fed live Black Worms at least twice each week. Click here to read more about Black Worms. Click here for more about feeding fish.

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Click here for more about Hikari Flakes. Click here for more about FD Blood Worms, and here for Frozen Brine Shrimp.

Each species of these Bigger Tetras will live best in a group with at least 6 fish of their species. You can mix these Bigger Tetras with each other just be sure each species has a school with at least 6 fish of that species. Other good tank mates for these Bigger Tetras are: Livebearers such as Platies, Swordtails, and Mollies, but not Guppies. A group of Corydoras Catfish, and one Plecostomus or a Bushy Nose Plecostomus. Click here to read more about several other groups of compatible fish.


Size and Lifespan
These Bigger Tetras have a lifespan of about 4 to 6 years. The maximum sizes are listed in the table above. These fish usually do not grow to the listed maximum sizes in aquariums, but when given exceptionally good care, they will sometimes grow even bigger than the sizes listed in the table.

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