Flame Tetra

By Gary Bolton

Family: Characidae

Species: Hyphessobrycon flammeus

Size: 4.5cm (1 three quarter inch)

Diet: Omnivorous

Tank levels: All

Habitat: Streams and rivers around Rio de Janeiro

Remarks: Hyphessobrycon griemi is a similar species, but lacks the red colouration and has more white in its fins.

Comments: The body shape of this fish is typical of the tetra group, with a high profile tapering evenly to the caudal peduncle. Colouration is pinkish brown with silver. On perfect specimens, two dark bars appear behind the gill-cover and extend down to the belly; the lower rear of the body carries more red. Pelvic, anal, and the dorsal fin may be sooty with white streaks. A terminal mouth is situated at the tip of the snout, and an adipose fin is present. The female is less red and increases in girth when spawning.


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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