Glass Tetra

Moenkhausia sanctaefilomenae Family Characidae.

Distribution Rio Paraguay and Rio Paranaiba. Description Shape: deep-bodied, elongated and very compressed. No adipose fin, and an incomplete lateral line. Color, sides of the body bright silver, darker toward the back, slightly yellow toward the belly. A broad black vertical band onthetail preceded by a yellow field with a metallic sheen. Eyes bright and luminous, with the upper part of the iris red. Smoky, mud-colored fins, with white tips to the dorsal and first anal fin rays. Size: up to 2 j in (7 cm). Sexual differences: in females the line of the belly is more curved in profile. Environment Temperature: 72-77 °F (22-25 "C). pH: 5.5-6.5. Illumination and furnishings: one-third vegetation, two-thirds swimming space; also one or two , floating plants. Lighting should not be too bright.

Feeding Omnivorous

Biology Behavior: lively, undemanding schooling fish Reproduction see H pulchripinnis. Compatibility: good to mix with other peaceable tetras.


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