Columbian Tetra - Hyphessobrycon Colombianus
Columbian Tetra (Hyphessobrycon Colombianus)
Native Location: South America
Maximum Size: 5 cm (2 inches)
Temperature Range: 24 – 27℃ (75 – 80℉)
Preferred pH Range: 6 - 7
Minimum Aquarium Size: 75L (20 gallons)
Potential Tankmates: Barbs, small Cichlids and larger Tetras
Care Level: Easy
Watch these brilliantly coloured and reflective tetras swim freely in schools and see why they have been captivating the aquarium keeping world.
Columbian Tetra require a well-balanced diet, which will help keep them healthy and promote their colours. A mixture of flake, pellet, and live or frozen foods, like bloodworms. As foragers, they can be greedy and will happily accept most foods you drop into their tank. Columbians can be aggressive and a bit bullish at times, so peaceful, small fish, who cannot stand up for themselves, will not make ideal tankmates. And as these Tetras will need to be in schools of at least 6, they can be more intimidating. You can also consider bolder fishes such as Barbs, small Cichlids and larger Tetras. Columbian’s are very active swimmers with large eyes and a good set of teeth — all indicators of a fish good at catching its prey and capable of avoiding being eaten by larger fish. Be wary that Columbian Tetras have a lower life expectancy compared to other Tetras.
Well planted aquariums will show off the red and blue colourings. In their wild environment Columbian Tetras, reside in small streams with heavy vegetation and tree roots. They will enjoy this replicated in their aquariums. While Columbians can be easy to breed, these Tetras can be difficult to sex. Typical differences will be that females are plumper and males colourings will be brighter. Sometimes fry will appear in your tank without you even attempting to breed them, and adults will show no parental care. But fry can be as strong and assertive as adults and will help grow the size of your school. When actively attempting to spawn, set up a separate tank with dim lighting and fine-leaved plants.