Yellow Tetra

Yellow Tetra

By Gary Bolton

Family: Characidae

Species: Hyphessobrycon bifasciatus

Size: 5cm (2 inch)

Diet: Omnivorous

Tank levels: Middle

Habitat: Streams, lakes, and rivers around Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Remarks: Yellow Tetras do well in a tank of small tetras and rasboras. They are fin-nippers.

Comments: The Yellow tetra’s uniformly proportioned body is typical of the genus. Adults have a lemon-gold sheen and two vertical marks just behind the gill-covers. The first mark is wedge shaped and accentuated by a golden iridescence; the other is longer, thinner and less distinct. Occasionally, there is more gold in the dorsal area due to chemical deposits beneath the skin which reflect light. All fins are yellowish, sometimes with a tinge of red at their bases. Males have a slightly concave anal fins.


This fish comes from the “Tropical Fish” family species of fish. I hope you enjoyed this fish profile that I put together to help people to choose the right fish for the right aquarium tank setup you may own, or be thinking of buying in the future. If you require more information about keeping fish in general and what are the right fish to choose for your tank setups, you can always visit my site called “GB Aquarium” and see what’s posted new there and also join in the discussion taking place.

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