Animal Stories - Flame Tetra


Animal-World Information about: Flame Tetra

The Flame Tetra, as its name suggests, has a very beautiful fiery red coloring when it's happy!
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John Toledano - 2006-05-13
I am an aquarist in Rio de Janeiro and very sadly this little beauty is almost extinct here. It's the only endemic species of the State of Rio de Janeiro and due to insertion of other species and predatorial fishing, we no longer see them any more.
There is currently a research program in one of our universities trying to repopulate some streams and rivers.
Thank you.
John Toledano

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  • Pat Taylor - 2013-03-15
    I have six little tetras. I find them very smart when i shake their food they come to the glass. But I find them shy if other people look at them.Have had them for six months an have been very healthy and happy. will take some pictures for you. give me a week so I can get good pictures for you. PAT
  • Pat Taylor - 2013-03-15
    I have six little tetras. I find them very smart when i shake their food they come to the glass. But I find them shy if other people look at them.Have had them for six months an have been very healthy and happy. will take some pictures for you. give me a week so I can get good pictures for you. PAT
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Terry Terblanche - 2011-07-21
I have 20 of them and 20 neons in a tank. They are about 3 cm long and the females are almost ready spawn.

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  • Guilherme Capel de Jesus - 2013-03-07
    Hi there, i am from Brazil, UNESP university. Any of you could send me photos of live specimens of Hyphessobrycon flammeus (in a good resolution)? It's for a cientific article of redescription. Your name will be creditaded in the photo. Thanks and sorry for my poor english. My email is: capel.capeloo@gmail.com
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harry - 2009-01-06
I have 4 flame tailed tetras, unfortunately two of them are very aggressive towards all my other fish. I haven't got spawn as I only have had them a week or so. Anyone got any ideas to pasify them as they are gorgeous. plz help?

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  • Shannon - 2012-03-04
    Sometimes you just get a mean fish, but my best suggestion would be to get at least 2 more. They are happiest and most comfortable in a group of 6 or more. They may be feeling insecure, and therefore being more territorial than necessary.
  • Shannon - 2012-03-04
    And I failed to realize that the question was several years old... Haha
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Jane Stranson - 2011-10-06
I just got one today and he is already gaining more and more color and they really are such pretty fish!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-07
    Awesome
  • Alex Burleson - 2011-10-07
    I agree, they are very beautiful additions to almost any community aquarium!
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riley - 2009-02-22
Wow, I didn't know these were extinct. I usually feed them to my fish, I better use a new fish now. ...or almost extinct.

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Rachel - 2006-10-01
I love these guys! I have a few, one of which is almost 2 years old. He's the oldest in my tank! They're the perfect size; not too big, not too small. Their color is subtle yet stunning. :D

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alex h - 2006-04-23
I have 2 Von Rio tetra and they are the bright fish in my tank!

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Wojtek D - 2006-03-07
I bought 6 flame tetras today, they are still adjusting to their environment, but are really beautifull.

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chris - 2005-09-05
I have 2 flame tetras and they have been the most hardy fish I've owned. They've outlasted just about any other fish in my aquarium and add a nice touch with there bright red coloring.

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philip - 2005-02-07
I have 4 Flame Tetras. They are very active fish and like to follow each other in a small shoal. They are beautiful fish and their red stipe makes them very nice to look at.

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