Green Fire Tetra
Green Fire Tetra (Aphyocharax Rathbuni)
Native Location: South America
Size: 5cm (2 inches)
Temperature Range: 22 – 26 (72 – 80)
Preferred pH Range: 6.6 – 7
Minimum Aquarium Size: 38L (10 gallons)
Potential Tankmates: Neon Tetra, Cardinal Tetra
Care Level: Beginner
The Green-Fire Tetra stands out because of the green hue on its body. Creating a nice contrast to vegetation, much unlike other Tetras.
These are not picky eaters and will try to eat anything that will fit in their mouth. As omnivores, they will feed on small insects, dead plant matter and small crustaceans. Flake foods may assist if your fish needs more nutritional value. Feed them the amount they can eat in 3 minutes. Any fish of a similar size and gentle temperament are good tankmates for this non-aggressive species. For a visual contrast with other Tetras, Neons and Cardinal are good picks. You will need to keep Green-fires in a school with at least six others, but always with Tetra, the bigger, the better.
Green-Fires are easy to keep and are not too sensitive to water quality, so long as there is consistency in water parameters and temperatures. Plants that grow to the medium levels of the tank make nice hiding spots for these mid-level dwellers. Use a dark substrate to mimic their wild environment. Also, try some hallow driftwoods.
Green-Fires have a Tetra trademark on their translucent, metallic green-hued bodies, with a red splash at the tail. There is no sure-fire way of telling the difference between males and females. But, females are usually rounder in the stomach and males colouring can appear brighter. Compared to other fish, breeding Green-fires at home can be easier than you think. Set up a breeding tank with a slightly higher water temperature to prompt their spawning season. Then they are likely to breed without any more intervention. Spawning will happen in the night-time so put your breeding tank in a darker place. Males will chase females until they lay their eggs on a flat surface. The male will then fertilise them. Remove parents after spawning is complete.