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Overlooked by many the Lemon tetra is a peaceful handsome schooling
fish that should be considered for any community setup.
Listed tank sizes are the minimum
||Up to 2" (5cm)
||Middle - top
||6.0 to 7.5
||Soft to medium. dH range: 3-25
||72°F to 82°F (22-28°C)
Widespread throughout South America, But not found in great numbers.
General Body Form
Typical for the Genus. Medium tall and very compressed. Grows too about
The top of the eye is very Red. The end and edge of the Dorsal fin is
Black. The back rays on the Anal fin are Black. The front ones are bright
Yellow. The body is transparent with a slight Yellowish tinge. A Iridescent
stripe extends laterally from the gill cover to the start of the Caudal
An Easily kept fish, the Lemon Tetra can be housed in almost any community
aquarium. For best show the tank should be small to medium in size and
contain from ten to fifty-five gallons of water. The water should be
clear, soft to medium in hardness and with a pH on the acidic side.
The temperature should be maintained between 72° and 79°. As with all
fish a portion of the water should be changed monthly. Feeding is no
problem as they will accept all flake food as well as any live food
you can provide. The tank should have open areas for swimming as well
as areas with dense vegetation for hiding. The Lemon tetras subtle colors
can be enhanced through the use of a dark substrate
Lemon tetra fry, photo courtesy of Steve.
The lemon Tetra is not one of the easiest Tetras to spawn. It seems
that the females have trouble expelling the eggs and so several females
should be combined with one male to increase the chance of success.
Eggs are laid in fine leafed plants in the scattering method. The eggs
hatch in about twenty-four hours and the mortality rate is fairly high.
Once the young survive the first couple of days they prove to be very
hardy. The parents give no care and will eat the eggs and young and
so should be removed as quickly as possible after spawning.