Belgian Flag Tetra

By Gary Bolton

Family: Characidae

Species: Hyphessobrycon heterorhabdus

Size: 5cm (2 inch)

Diet: Omnivorous

Tank levels: All

Habitat: Streams around and including the Tocantins River, lower Amazon

Remarks: It resembles Hemigrammus ulreyi, a less commonly available species.

Comments: The colour of this tetra is pale greyish brown on the dorsal surface, and silver on the flanks and ventral surface. There are three lines along the body; the uppermost is red, the middle faintly gold on this specimen, and the broader bottom line is black. The gill-covers are silver. Females are much deeper in body shape. Overal, this is a pretty plain looking fish really. But mixed with the right tank-mates. Can be made to look quite stunning in low lighting conditions.


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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