Tetra Facts:

Scientific Name : Paracheirodon innesi
average adult size:1.6 inches long
average life span:5-8 years
diet:omnivore - flakes/pellets
minimum aquarium size:10+ gallons
water parameters:


pH: 5-8


A well-balanced Tetra diet consists of:

  • Food may be flaked, pellet, frozen or live.
  • Avoid exclusive food which is not nutritionally complete.


Things to remember when feeding your Tetra:

  • Feed small amounts 1-3 times daily, no more than fish will eat in 3-5 minutes.
  • Thaw frozen foods if you choose to feed frozen.


  • Keep in an appropriate size aquarium; provide plants for hiding, various species may prefer sparse or thick vegetation.
  • Stable water quality, water temperature, and pH levels are critical to the health of the aquatic life. If you are unsure of your water quality or pH levels, Home Aquatics offers water testing.


  • The male is more slender than the female, which makes the colored lines appear straighter.
  • The rounder body of the female produces a bent colored line.
  • They are egg layers and will breed at about 9 months of age. They can be bred as pairs or in a school, but it is best to condition the fish prior to breeding with plenty of small, live foods.

Habitat Maintenance

Daily: Check filter, water temperature and other equipment.
Weekly: Check water quality at least once a week.
Monthly: Change 10-25% of the total volume of water every 2-4 weeks, or as needed.
Introduce new inhabitants to the aquarium gradually.


Tetras are compatible with most peaceful species of fish.


Signs of a Healthy Fish

  • Clear eyes
  • Healthy appetite
  • Bright, even coloring
  • Clean in appearance

Avoid overcrowded conditions; they are a major cause of stress and disease. Maintain good water quality with regular water changes and adequate filtration.

Red Flags

  • loss of color or appetite
  • spots or fungus on body or mouth
  • erratic swimming
  • frayed fins

Common Health Issues

Health IssueSymptoms or CausesSuggested Action
Fin rotFrayed or disintegrating fins; the base of the fins usually reddens.Improve water quality; consult your aquatic veterinarian for treatment.
IchWhite spots appear on fins and body; fish rubs against hard objects or swims awkwardly.

Quarantine fish immediately; use a commercial ich remedy for at least two weeks

Tetras are ideal for a community aquarium with other peaceful fish. It is best not to keep them with fish that are larger or aggressive, like angels. Good tankmates include other small tetras, hatchet fish, pencil fish, Corydoras, smaller rasboras, and peaceful barbs.

They are most comfortable and show their best colors when kept in a school of 6 or more fish.

The Tetra is a durable fish that is a good choice for the beginning fish keeper. They are commercially-bred in huge numbers, so they are adaptable and will thrive in most well-maintained tanks. This fish is very hardy in general but will be markedly more delicate in the first week or so after being introduced to a new tank.

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Assorted Fruit Tetra

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