Coffee Bean Tetra (Hyphessobrycon Takasei)

Coffee Bean Tetra (Hyphessobrycon Takasei)

Coffee Bean Tetra (Hyphessobrycon Takasei)

Coffee Bean Tetra (Hyphessobrycon Takasei)

Coffee Bean Tetra (Hyphessobrycon Takasei)  Despite having been introduced into the aquarium hobby back in the early 1960s, the coffee bean tetra remains a hard to find and relatively expensive fish for a tetra. The one pictured here was going for the equivalent of 8 USD which isn’t bad until you realuze that you need to buy 8 or 10 of them to have a properly sized group. In a shoal of 8 or more, the coffee beans are very peaceful. Males may take part is squabbles for dominance where rivals fins may be nipped but otherwise they are peaceful enough to be kept with most small fish. Problems may arise however when fish store customers only purchase one or two individuals. This tends to heighten all tetras’ tendency to nip at fins. And the coffee beans are not fooled into schooling with similarly shaped fish. Their coloration is variable on the body with most individuals displaying a reddish shade while others appear much lighter in color. The dorsal fin always will have a spot of red and the side of the fish always has thee large black spot that gives this animal its very creative and descriptive common name. They are small enough that a group of 8 can be kept in a 50 liter, 15 gallon, aquarium quite happily. If you are lucky enough to purchase a group of mixed sexes, which are easy to distinguish due to the bulkiness of the females, you should consider breeding them. Baby tetras are not the easiest fish in the world to raise, but the coffee bean tetra is always in demand so it would definitely be worth the effort.
Origin: French Guiana and Brazil
Size: 3cm/ 1.5″
Temperature: 22-27°C/ 72-80°F
Feeding: Like most tetras, it is easy to feed and takes all suitably sized foods.
Habitat: Coffee bean tetras are from slow moving rivers and ponds so they tend to not like a lot of water movement in an aquarium. They are from areas of soft water, but have proven very adaptable. They can handle a pH anywhere between 5 and 7.5. They like a lot of open swimming space, but a few tall plants make them feel more confident.
Breeding: Ljke most tetras, they prefer soft water when breeding and dimmed tanks. Use class marbles or artificial grass to protect the eggs from their voracious parents. One female will lay nearly 200 eggs at a time.

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