Flame Tetra (Hyphessobrycon Flammenus)
Native Location: South America
Size: 4cm (1.6 inches)
Temperature Range: 22 – 27℃ (72— 82℉)
Preferred pH Range: 5.5 – 7.5
Minimum Aquarium Size: 38L (10 gallons)
Potential Tankmates: Danios, Rasboras, Tetras
Care Level: Easy
Coming back into popularity, Golden Flame Tetras are beautiful schooling fish and perfect for your community tank.
Golden Flame Tetras will eat almost anything you drop in your tank for them. Living and flake foods are all on the table. Also, feed them treats of frozen bloodworms. Feed Golden Flames several times a day, only with the food they can consume in three minutes or less. Golden Flames are schooling fish and will be happiest in groups of six but preferably as many as you can comfortably house in your tank. Keep them with other fish species of a similar size and temperament, as well as peaceful bottom dwellers. A mix of male and female Golden Flames will allow for healthier interactions and behaviours.
Golden Flames can withstand a wide range of consistently kept water temperatures. As they prefer low lighting, adding live vegetation can provide good cover and hiding spots. Low light will also allow their colours to develop better and show them off. Use a darker substrate like river sand. Some dried leaves would also suit the Golden Flames environment but will stain the water a light brown and need replacing every few weeks.
Male and female Golden Flames are very alike in physical appearance. But a male will have a tiny hook on his anal fin that can easily catch on mesh nets. If caught on anything, be careful not to damage it as males use these for mating. A females belly is rounder which makes their bodies deeper than males. Golden Flames are easy to
breed, have no particular water parameter needs, and can spawn up to 500 eggs. Fry are hardy. Set up a separate breeding tank with small-leaved plants like Java Moss. For a week, keep males and females separated from each other and condition them on live foods. The temperatures of the tank should be on the higher end of what Golden Flames like. Eggs are deposited on plant leaves. Adults may want to feed on the eggs, so remove them from the tank.