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The Silvertip Tetra Tetra is a relatively peaceful & hardy shoaling species and enjoys a planted aquarium in groups of 6 or more. Suited to beginner aquarists this species is impressive in a large group with shimmering silver tips on their fins, hence the name Silvertip Tetra. They make excellent fish for nano and small fish tanks.

The Silvertip tetra is native to streams and creeks in the São Francisco basin in Brazil.


Features of Silvertip Tetra's:

  • A semi-transparent body with a copper sheen
  • Golden coloured fins with bright silver tips at the ends
  • Males are brighter and smaller than females
  • Classic diamond shaped "tetra" body 
  • Energetic and active swimmers 
  • Grows up to 5cm

The Best Aquarium Size for Silvertip Tetra's:

The minimum tank size for a small group of Silvertip Tetra's is 50L. The Silvertip 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 Silvertip 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. They are slightly more "nippy" than other tetra's, but when kept in an appropriate sized school, the fin nipping settles. Avoid keeping with fish with flowing fins.

Great tank mates for Silvertip Tetra's include:

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Feeding :

Silvertip Tetra's are omnivores and should have 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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Silvertip Tetra Tetra Fish Tank Setup:

Aquarium Filtration

Naturally found in slow moving streams, mimic the Silvertip Tetra's natural environment by using a good aquarium filter that won’t create strong water movements. They are a hardy species but must have stable and clean waters.

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Aquatic Plants for Silvertip Tetra's

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

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Tank Decorations for Silvertip Tetra's

Silvertip Tetra's enjoy black water or clear water aquariums and slightly 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 Silvertip 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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