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The Flame Tetra, also known as the Von-Rio Tetra, Fire Tetra, Red Tetra and Orange Tetra, is a species of the Tetra family that is peaceful and hardy. It is great for beginners. The flame tetra is a shoaling species that enjoys a planted aquarium in groups of 6 or more. It is an active tetra best suited to community aquariums with similarly sized peaceful community fish. 

Native to South America and found in coastal rivers of Brazil.


Features of Flame Tetra's:

  • Silver deep set body with red to orange anal fins with colour blending up the body
  • Males a slightly smaller & brighter than females
  • Best kept in groups of 6 or more
  • Energetic and active swimmers 
  • Care level: Beginner
  • Grows up to 4cm

The Best Aquarium Size for Flame Tetra's:

The minimum tank size for a small group of Flame Tetra is 75L. The Flame Tetra will occupy the top to middle water column in the aquarium. They are active swimmers so if keeper a group larger than 6, opt for a larger aquarium.

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Tank Mate Compatibility:

The Flame Tetra is a shoaling fish and should be kept in schools of 6 or more. This species does well with other similarly sized and peaceful community fish. 

Great tank mates for Flame Tetra include:

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Flame Tetra Diet :

Flame Tetra are omnivores that require a high protein diet. It should be a varied diet for optimal health. They will accept flakes and pellets, and their diet should be supplemented with spirulina, blackworms, bloodworms, brine shrimp, and daphnia. 

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Flame Tetra Fish Tank Setup:

Aquarium Filtration

Naturally found in slow moving streams, mimic the Flame Tetra's natural environment by using a good aquarium filter that won’t create strong water movements. Hang on filters and canister filters are great options to promote water flow and remove waste and debris for a clean aquarium. They are a hardy & active species but enjoy stable and clean waters.

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Aquatic Plants for Flame Tetra's

The Flame Tetra is naturally found in clear to black waters, heavily vegetated with plenty of driftwood. It provides shade & spaces to hide to ensure happy fish. The following live aquatic plants will do best in low light aquariums.

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Tank Decorations for Flame Tetra's

Flame Tetra enjoy black water aquariums and soft acidic water. The colour of fish are enhanced when conditions are ideal and fish are less stressed. Add driftwood and natural decorations that release tannins to mimic their natural environment. 

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Substrate for Flame Tetra's

Dark coloured substrates enhance the colour of the fish and help lower light levels, reducing stress. They prefer sandy substrates.

A variety of Substrates are available at Coburg Aquarium. 

Additional Information

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Aquarium Set-up Service:

Our design team enables us to create the tank you desire, install your tank where you wish to and provide a maintenance service to ensure everything runs smoothly. We can create almost any aquarium from the small home aquarium to large commercial aquariums for offices, hotels or restaurants. Coburg Aquarium, Australia's leading aquarium shop.

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