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Serpae Tetra is one of the most intensely coloured fish in the Amazon. They can be a bit nippy if not given enough food, best not to keep them with long finned fish. Serpae Tetra's are a very hardy species, suitable for the beginner. Happiest in a school of 6 or more, they enjoy planted aquariums with wood, rocks and ornaments to dart around.


Features of Balloon Serpae Tetra's:

  • The dorsal fin, edged with white, is predominantly black, and all other fins are red
  • Females are plumper and less brilliantly coloured than their male counterparts
  • They are peaceful fish and can be kept with other aquarium fish 
  • Deeper bodies balloon variety
  • Care Level : Beginner

The Best Aquarium Size for Tetras:

You could start with a 30L tank. Although serpae tetras are small, they enjoy having plenty of space to shoal and swim. Opt for a larger tank if you are planning to add a few compatible species.

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Tank Mate Compatibility:

The best tank mates for Serpae Tetras are other Serpae Tetras. We recommend keeping a group of 6. These fish are compatible with other fast-moving peaceful fish. It’s best to avoid slow fish that could be targeted for fin nipping. Here’s a list of some of the best tank mates for your Tetras:
  Coburg Aquarium, specialized in different species of live fish


Feeding :

Serpae Tetras are omnivores. You can feed them fine flake food, small granules, live or frozen brine shrimp, daphnia, bloodworms.

Serpae Tetra Tank Set-up:

Heater :

Heater is needed for the tetra if the room temperature is low in winter. Looking for a Heater for your fish? Check all available Tank Heater here.

Light :

You can choose to use lighting in your aquarium if that’s what you prefer. LED lights will provide the most customization and allow you to reach the sweet spot.

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Substrate :  

Sand, Gravel and Dark Colour Substrates. A variety of Substrates are available 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.

Additional Information

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