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The Ember Tetra is a cute and fun little freshwater fish that we recommend to aquarists of all experience levels. They’re very easy to take care of, well-mannered, and look stunning! Ember Tetras (Hyphessobrycon amandae) can be found most heavily in Central Brazil in the Araguaia River basin, although they have been sighted in areas surrounding this hotspot.

Features of Ember Tetra:

  • Almost entirely orangeish-red of their whole body
  • Their dorsal fins are tall and thin with a gradient that fades from their primary color to a slightly darker tone at the back
  • They are peaceful fish and can be kept with other aquarium fish
  • Average lifespan : 2-4 years
  • Care Level : Easy

The Best Aquarium Size for Tetras:

Being small fish, Ember Tetra is a schooling fish by nature, and best kept in groups of ten or more. As a general rule of thumb, you need a minimum tank size of 30L to keep a small group of Ember Tetras.
You’ll likely need much larger tanks if you’re planning on introducing some tank mates and maybe even more Tetras—usually, the bigger, the better. These fish are active swimmers, so you need to provide plenty of space to prevent overcrowding.
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Tank Mate Compatibility:

A schooling fish by nature, the Ember Tetras are best kept in groups of at least ten or more. They make an excellent community fish due to their peaceful nature however they sometimes known to nip the fins of slower-moving fish, particularly those with long, flowing fins such as Bettas or Angelfish.

Here’s a list of some of the best tank mates for your Tetras:

Coburg Aquarium, specialised in different species of live fish.

Feeding :

Ember Tetras can be happily feed on dry foods, either flakes or granules. In addition to artificial feeds, it is recommended to include live or frozen food (Aartemia, Daphnia or Grindal worms).

When it comes to putting the diet together, try to make it as diverse as possible. The feeding habits of Ember Tetras directly affects their appearance and color. Plants in your aquarium that these fish can naturally graze upon are a great addition to their diet.

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Tetra Tank Set-up:

Heater :

The temperature of your Tetra’s tank should match that of its native environment. Ideal water temperatures sit between at a stable number between 23 ⁰C - 27 ⁰C
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Light :

You can choose to use lighting in your aquarium if that’s what you prefer.Tetras spend most of their time in shaded waters in their natural habitat. To imitate that in captivity, dim lighting would be ideal. LED lights will provide the most customization and allow you to adjust the intensity until you reach the sweet spot.
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Substrate :

Gravel and Dark Color Substrates.
A variety of Substrates are avalibale in Coburg Aquarium.

Plants for Tetras:

They are accustomed to medium to large plants in their natural habitat and enjoy a well-planted aquarium with some open swimming space.
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Decorations for Tetras:

Artificial plants can work well. Additionally, you can also choose to use Aquarium Ornaments such as: Kazoo handmade fish decorations, caves, rocks, and maybe even driftwood will create a fun playground for them to swim around.

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Debra D.

Ember Tetras

Arrived all alive and are still all doing well after 8 weeks or so. Coburg Aquarium are so easy to deal with. Thank you!

John M.
Australia Australia

Pleasure to deal with

Very happy with these, all twelve thriving. Very happy with my whole order. Was blown away with delivery time considering my rural residence. Will definitely deal with again.

Sal M.
Australia Australia

Small but cute

Received in great condition and delivered quickly

Joshua SVG verified by SHOP
Australia Australia

Everything arrived healthy and well (Tetras, Shrimps, snails and other fishes)! Customer service is outstanding! Will definitely buy again!

Wendy H.
Australia Australia

Great quality

Excellent stock, healthy bright colours