Blackline Tetra

Hyphessobrycon scholzei

Family Characidae. Distribution Para region, Brazil. Description Shape: very elongated. Color: back greenish or brownish; sides silver, with a bluish or brassy sheen; belly silvery. A broad black band runs from the gill cover to the base of the caudal fin, forming a large diamond-shaped patch at the end. The black band is topped by a thin gleaming metallic line. Colorless pelvic fins; all others pale reddish, anal fin edged with black at the front. Size: up to 2 in (5cm). Sexual differences male slimmer, with more deeply cleft caudal fin. Environment Temperature: 72-77 °F (22-25'C). pH and water hardness: use old water, not too hard and neutral to slightly acid. The species is generally undemanding. Illumination and furnishings: as for other Hyphessobrycon species (cf. H. pulchripinnis). Feeding Live and dried food; also some additional vegetable food (e.g. lettuce).

Biology Behavior: a lively, peaceable schooling fish. Compatibility: good for community tanks.

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