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Hyphessobrycon bentosi
Ornate tetra, White-tipped tetra, Bentos tetra, False rosy tetra
Durbin, 1908

Hyphessobrycon bentosi - Ornate tetra, White-tipped tetra, Bentos tetra, False rosy tetra - Hyphessobrycon bentosi
Hyphessobrycon bentosi
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(Other members of the genus Hyphessobrycon)

ADULT SIZE: 5 cm

WATER CONDITIONS: Moderately soft and acidic

TEMPERATURE RANGE: 23-27 C

FOOD: Feed Hyphessobrycon bentosi small live-foods and fine grade dried foods. This species is not a problematic feeder, but like most tetras enjoys live foods whenever offered.

DISTRIBUTION: This species comes from Brazil, Paraguay, Guyana

SEXUAL DIFFERENCES: Males have a significantly longer dorsal fin than females

AQUARIUM CARE: There are two subspecies of this fish, bentosi bentosi and bentosi rosaceus. Both are good community shoalers that do well in a large tank with planted back and sides.

A good community species, though prefers an Amazon-style tank; well planted with clean soft water.

BREEDING: Breeding should be accomplished by selecting a pair and isolating in a breeding tank. This species is a plant spawner; eggs are attached to plants or spawning mops. Females tend to be slightly smaller than males, who have somewhat longer dorsal and anal fins.

Have you bred Hyphessobrycon bentosi? Why not fill in a breeding questionaire?, or examine existing Hyphessobrycon bentosi breeding reports








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