Serpae Tetra Care Sheet

Serpae TetraTropical Fish Information
SizeUp to 1.5 inches or 4 cm
Fish HardinessEasy to keep
Water Temperature69.8 to 80.6°F or 21 to 27°C
Water Ph5.0 to 8.0 pH
Water Hardness5 to 25 dH
Peaceful or AggressiveCan be considered as aggressive due to its very active nature
Number of same species in tankMinimum of five or more, more is better
Community FishYes, when selecting tank mates that are bigger than them or also very active
SexesMales are more slender built with brighter colors than the paler, round bodied females
StrataBottom to middle
FoodFlake food, live or frozen blood worms and brine shrimp
BreedingEasy to breed
Breeding temperature77 to 80.6°F or 25 to 27°C
Other namesJewel Tetra
Scientific nameHyphessobrycon eques or H. serpae or H. callistus.
Lifespan5 years

Ideal Serpae Tetra Conditions


This is another species from my tropical fish index. Their main body color is silvery reddish almost amber. The caudal fin is red, the anal fin red with a black edge and the dorsal fin is black. On the side of the body it has a black diamond shaped patch just behind the head. Another patch reddish in color can be seen behind the eye when looking carefully.

Aggressive, Active

These are very active fish that needs to be kept in schools of five or more to divert their attention from other fish species. The reason being that they swim together when in a school but when kept in smaller numbers they seek attention from other fish which they then tend to hurt.


They mainly prefer the middle parts of the aquarium.


This Tropical Fish is a good selection for a community aquarium setup but do take care when selecting other fish for the same aquarium and select species that are active and hardy fish.
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