Hyphessobrycon amandae – Ember Tetra
Hyphessobrycon amandae was officially described in 1987 by Géry and Uj. Their common name is Ember Tetra.
The genus name Hyphessobrycon can be broken down into two ancient Greek words. Hyphesson means “a little smaller” and “bryko” means biter. Together they form the genus name “Small Biter”.
It is clear where their common name Ember Tetra comes from. This variety is bright orange/red and stands out very well among the green plants. Not only the body has this color, but the fins are transparent parts, but still, those parts show the orange/red color. This small fish does not grow larger than about 2.5 to 3 centimeters including the tail.
South America – Brazil. Hyphessobrycon amandae occurs in the Rio Araguaia.
Small live food should be given as food. Dry food is accepted as well.
Hyphessobrycon amandae is a peaceful schooling fish that is suitable for the smallest aquarium. It can be kept together with other small and peaceful species. A school must consist of at least 10 copies. The aquarium should be densely planted at the edges and background. Sufficient free swimming space must be left open. Subdued lighting and a dark bottom make the colors stand out better.
Breeding Ember Tetras
Breeding the Ember Tetra is not too difficult. It’s an egg scatterer. Between fine-leaved plants such as Java Moss, 30-60 eggs are laid and fertilized. After spawning, the parents must be removed. The fry hatch after 24-30 hours. They can be raised with the finest infusion and a few days later with brine shrimp nauplii. The young are growing fast.