Serpae Tetra

By Gary Bolton

Family: Characidae

Species: Hyphessobrycon serpae

Size: 5cm (2 inch)

Diet: Omnivorous

Tank levels: Middle

Habitat: Guyana and the Amazon basin

Remarks: This species is part of a group of similarly coloured fishes (Hyphessobrycon callistus, H. monor, H. haraldschultzei, and H. hasemani). Confusion surrounds the existence, shape, and colour of individual shoulder spots.

Comments: The overall colour is blood-red, fading to a paler shade below. A dark, comma-shaped spot, just visible on this female, adorns the shoulder. Females are generally paler and plumper than males. Caudal, pelvic, adipose, and anal fins are red, the last having a black edge. A good proportion of the dorsal fin is black. This is a good choice of fish as a middle swimmer.


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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