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  • Silver Tip Tetra Care Sheet

    Silver Tip Tetra Care Sheet

    Common Name (s): Silver Tip, Silver Tipped Tetra, Copper Tetra
    Scientific Name: Hasemania Nana
    Family: Characidae



    Temperature: 72-82F / 22-28C
    Temperament/Behavior: Peaceful active schooling fish
    Max Size: 1.5-2"
    Min. Tank Size: 20G Long / 75.7L
    Tank Region: All over but mostly mid level
    Gender Identification: Males appear more colorful then females
    Compatibility: Peaceful community
    Experience Level: Good for beginners

    Info: This is a striking active little Tetra that enjoys a planted...
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  • Severum Cichlid Care Sheet

    Severum Cichlid Care Sheet

    Common Name: Severum, Banded Cichlid, Hero Cichlid
    Scientific Name: Heros Severus
    Family: Cichlidae



    Origin: South America
    Temperament/Behavior: Mild mannered but can be territorial if breeding
    Max SizeMin. Tank Size: 55 US Gal / 208.18L or larger is better if keeping a pair
    Tank Region: Middle, bottom
    Diet: Omnivore; excepts pellets, flake foods, blood worms and veggies such as lettuce
    Identification: Spade-shaped body w/ vertical black bars
    Gender Identification: Males are larger with a more pointed...
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  • Golden Tetra Care Sheet

    Golden Tetra Care Sheet

    Common Name(s): Gold Tetra, Golden Tetra
    Scientific Name: Hemigrammus rodwayi
    Family: Characidae


    Photo used with permission from fishtanksandponds.co.uk

    Temperature:
    Behavior: Tranquil, Schooling (6+)
    Size: Less than 2"
    Min. Tank Size: 15 gallon (57 litres)
    Region: Middle
    Compatibility: Other small, peaceful schooling fish
    Experience Level: Beginner

    Hemigrammus rodwayi is an omnivorous tetra with an abnormal susceptibility to parasites, particularly of the external variety....
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  • Endler Care Sheet

    Endler Care Sheet

    Written by EveryhingAquaitc Moderators


    Photos taken by Lotsoffish

    Common Name (s): Endlers, Endler Livebearers, Endler Guppies, Endler Pocelia
    Scientific Name: Poecilia wingei
    Family: Poeciliidae

    Temperature: 64-82 F (18-28 C)
    Temperament/Behavior: Peaceful, Prolific breeder, Males will constantly harass mature females
    Max Size: Male: 1 inch (2.5 cm); Female 1.8 inch (4.5 cm)
    Min. Tank Size: 10 gallons (38 liters)
    Tank Region: All
    Gender Identification: Males are bright colored while females are dull in color,...
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  • Lampeye Panchax Care Sheet

    Lampeye Panchax Care Sheet

    Written by EverythingAquatic Moderators



    Common Name (s): Lampeye Panchax, Lantern Eye
    Scientific Name: Micropanchax macrophthalmus
    Family: Poeciliidae

    Temperature: 70-80 F (21-27 C)
    Temperament/Behavior: Peaceful, Schooling
    Max Size: 1.5 inch (4 cm)
    Min. Tank Size: 10 gallons (38 liters)
    Tank Region: Bottom-Middle
    Gender Identification:
    Compatibility: Other peaceful community fish
    Experience Level: Beginner


    Info: An extremely peaceful fish and should be kept with other community fish of similar...
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  • Buenos Aires Tetra Care Sheet

    Buenos Aires Tetra Care Sheet

    Written by EverythingAquatic Moderators



    Common Name (s): Buenos Aires Tetra, Diamond Spot Tetra, Red Cross Fish
    Scientific Name: Hyphessobrycon anisitsi
    Family: Characidae

    Temperature: 72- 80 F (22-27 C)
    Temperament/Behavior: Schooling (6+), semi-aggressive, potential to be fin nippers
    Max Size: 3 inch (8 cm)
    Min. Tank Size: 20 gallons (76 liters)
    Tank Region: Bottom-Middle
    Gender Identification:
    Compatibility: Fish with similar size, non aggressive cichlids
    Experience Level: Beginner ...
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  • Penguin Tetra Care Sheet

    Penguin Tetra Care Sheet

    Written by EverythingAquaitc Moderators



    Common Name (s): Penguin Tetra
    Scientific Name: Thayeria boehlkei
    Family: Characidae

    Temperature: 72-82 F (23-28 C)
    Temperament/Behavior: Peaceful, Schooling
    Max Size: 3 inch (8 cm)
    Min. Tank Size: 30 gallons (114 liters)
    Tank Region: Middle
    Gender Identification: Females have a rounder belly
    Compatibility: Other peaceful community fish
    Experience Level: Beginner


    Info: Penguin tetra is sometimes seen hiding so it is best to keep them in planted tanks with...
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  • Red Minor Tetra Care Sheet

    Red Minor Tetra Care Sheet

    Written by EverythingAquatic Moderators



    Common Name (s): Red Minor Tetra, Serpae
    Scientific Name: Hyphessobrycon eques
    Family: Characidae

    Temperature: 72-79 F (22-26 C)
    Temperament/Behavior: Peaceful, Schooling
    Max Size: 1.75 inches (4.5 cm)
    Min. Tank Size: 10 gallons (38 liters) but 20 gallons preferred (76 liters)
    Tank Region: Middle
    Gender Identification: Females have a rounder belly
    CompatibilityExperience Level: Beginner ...
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  • Black Neon Tetra Care Sheet

    Black Neon Tetra Care Sheet

    Written by EverythingAquatic Moderators



    Common Name (s): Black Neon Tetra
    Scientific Name: Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi
    Family: Characidae

    Temperature: 72-80 F (22-27 C)
    Temperament/Behavior: Peaceful, Schooling
    Max Size: 1.5 inch (3.5 cm)
    Min. Tank Size: 10 gallons (38 liters) but 20 gallons prefered (76 liters)
    Tank Region: Middle-Top
    Gender Identification: Females have a rounder belly
    Compatibility: Other peaceful community fish
    Experience Level: Beginner


    Info: Black Neon tetra...
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  • Black Phantom Tetra Care Sheet

    Black Phantom Tetra Care Sheet

    Written by EverythingAquatic Moderators



    Common Name (s): Black Phantom Tetra, Phantom Tetra
    Scientific Name: Hyphessobrycon megalopterus
    Family: Characidae

    TemperatureTemperament/Behavior: Peaceful, Schooling (6+),squabbles within groups, fin nipper potential
    Max Size: 1.8 inch (4 cm)
    Min. Tank Size: 10 gallons (38 liters)
    Tank Region: Bottom-Middle
    Gender Identification: Females have a rounder belly
    Compatibility: Other peaceful community fish
    Experience Level: Beginner ...
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  • Black Skirt Tetra Care Sheet

    Black Skirt Tetra Care Sheet

    Written by EverythingAquatic Moderators



    Common Name (s): Black Skirt Tetra, Black Tetra, Black Window Tetra
    Scientific Name: Gymnocorymbus ternetzi
    Family: Characidae

    Temperature: 72-78 F (21-26 C)
    Temperament/Behavior: Schooling (6 or more), peaceful
    Max Size: 3 inch (7.62 cm)
    Min. Tank Size: 20 gallons (75.7 liters)
    Tank Region: Middle
    Gender Identification: Females are plumper than males
    Compatibility: Fish of the same size
    Experience Level: Beginner

    Info: Black Skirt Tetra is any extremely...
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  • Molly

    Molly

    Written by Lilibeth_Seasong and RogueAgent94

    Molly

    Excellent beginner fish, Mollies are found in most pet stores. They are very forgiving fish and breed readily which has made them extremely popular with many fish keepers. There are five species of Molly. Most in stores are hybrids and pure Mollies normally have to be bought wild.

    Common Name(s):
    Molly, Sailfin Molly
    Scientific Name(s): Poecilia latipinna
    Origin: Central America
    Size: 6+ inches (15cm)
    Minimum Aquarium Size: 30 gallons (113.56 liters)


    Wild type Sailfin Molly
    Photographer: Akari_32


    Aquarium Layout Mollies prefer a somewhat planted tank with plenty of swimming room. They are very active fish and need space to swim....
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  • Harlequin Rasbora Care Sheet

    Harlequin Rasbora Care Sheet

    Written by EverythingAquatic Moderators



    Common Name (s): Harlequin Rasbora, Harlies
    Scientific Name: Rasbora heteromorpha
    Family: Cyprindae

    Temperature: 72-79 F (22-26 C)
    Temperament/Behavior: Peaceful, Schooling (6+)
    Max Size: 2 inch (5 cm)
    Min. Tank Size: 20 gallons (75.7 liters)
    Tank Region: Middle-Top
    Gender Identification: Males are brighter and thinner than females. Females have round belly and are bigger than males.
    Compatibility: Other peaceful community fish
    Experience Level: Beginner ...
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  • Bala Shark Care Sheet

    Bala Shark Care Sheet

    Written by EverythingAquatic Moderators



    Common Name (s): Bala Shark, Tricolor Shark
    Scientific Name: Balantiocheilos melanopterus
    Family: Cyprinidae

    Temperature: 72-84 F (22-29 C)
    Temperament/Behavior: Peaceful, Schooling (5+)
    Max Size: 16 inch (40 cm)
    Min. Tank Size: 125 gallons (474 liters)
    Tank Region: All
    Gender Identification:
    Compatibility: Other peaceful community fish, do not stock with fish that can fit into its mouth
    Experience Level: Beginner w/large tank

    Info: Bala sharks...
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  • Bleeding Heart Tetra

    Bleeding Heart Tetra

    Written by EverythingAquatic Moderators


    Photo taken by RogueAgent94

    Common Name (s): Bleeding Heart Tetra, Spotfin Tetra, Red Tip Tetra
    Scientific Name: Hyphessobrycon eryhrostigma
    Family: Characidae

    Temperature: 75-79 F (21-28 C)
    Temperament/Behavior: Peaceful, Schooling (6+)
    Max Size: 2.5-3 inch (8 cm)
    Min. Tank Size: 20 gallons (75.7 liters)
    Tank Region: Middle
    Gender Identification: Males have significantly longer dorsal and anal fins
    Compatibility: Other peaceful community fish
    Experience Level: Beginner ...
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