Buenos Aires Tetra (Hyphessobrycon Anisitsi)

Buenos Aires Tetra (Hyphessobrycon Anisitsi)

Buenos Aires Tetra (Hyphessobrycon Anisitsi)

Buenos Aires Tetra (Hyphessobrycon Anisitsi)

Buenos Aires Tetra (Hyphessobrycon Anisitsi) Last week, I was chatting with someone about their fish and he showed me a picture of what I have always referred to as the silvertip tetra (Hasemania nana). It got me thinking about common names and the regional differences there may be when referring to a species of fish. There is another example in Gymnocorymbus ternetzi which I have called the black tetra all my life but is also called the black widow tetra, black skirt tetra, or even the white skirt tetra as if a color varient warrants another name. While I find the multitude of common names a fish may have interesting, I don’t have the same feeling when people discuss L-number plecos. The L code was simply meant as a place marker until the fish was scientifically described and received a Latin name, yet people persist on using them . Of course, the biggest things in favor of making common names are the ease of remembering…and pronouncing ..them and for marketting in fishstores. In the case of today’s fish, the typed name is longer than the fish is! Anyway, on to the Buenos Aires tetra. First, the name is a misnomer. While it lives in Argentina and areas northward, it does not live around the Buenos Aires. (A similar looking relative lives there instead). Next, this is a very nippy species. Even the usual recommended group of 8 to 10 fish may not be enough to reduce aggression towards other fish. You are better off buying a group of 12 or more and maintaining the group size. You will need at least a 30 gallon/ 115 liter tank to house yhe group.
Origin: Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Argentina
Size: 5-6cm/ 2 inches
Temperature: 16-25°C / 60-80°F An unheated tank is ideal.
Food: Like most tetras , they take any food offered.
Habitat: Aside from having some water movement through good filtration or from an airstone, it does not have any particular requirements.
Breeding: Egg-scatterers. You need to be sure to devise a way for the eggs to fall out of yhe parents’ reach if you want yo raise a large number of fry.

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