The Flame Tetra Hyphessobrycon flammeus demonstrate a gorgeous fiery coloring when they are comfortable and happy in their aquarium This tetra is generally silver in the front but becomes a fiery red on the back It is especially bright red at the base of the fins.When these fish are exposed to a lot of disturbances they become very timid and their coloring will pale They don't always show real well in pet store aquariums because they are exposed to a lot of activity
They otherwise vibrant coloring look pales in that setting In fact they will closely resemble the Black Tetra Gymnocorymbus ternetzi when seen in a pet store Consequently the Flame Tetras are not one of the most sought out tetra species
An aquarist must know what they are looking for to experience this rewarding beauty Some other common names this little fish is known by are Von Rio Tetra, Fire Tetra, Red Tetra, and a few variations of those.
Besides their coloring, the beauty of these little tetras is their ease of care They are one of the hardiest little fish and are great for a new fish keeper
An added benefit is they are easily bred if they are comfortable As a matter of fact, they are recommended for a beginner that wishes to experience fish breeding.The best way to keep them in the home aquarium is to provide them with a pleasant environment They are happiest in a school of 6 or more
and will also do best if kept with other smaller fish in a peaceful environment Once the Flame Tetras are established in a calm aquarium they become very active When they get acclimated they will no longer be timid and the aquarist is rewarded with a very happy, pretty group of fish.