Long-Fin Serpae Tetra - Hyphessobrycon eques
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Long-Fin Serpae Tetras are a variant of the common Serpae Tetra selectively bred for their beautiful long flowing fins. They feature a striking blood red to orange coloration over most of their bodies, with black dorsal fins, black rimmed anal fins, and an irregular black spot just behind the pectoral fins.
Serpae Tetras grow to a maximum size of 2 inches, and should be kept in schools of 5 or more in tanks larger than 20 gallons. They are generally peaceful, though they have a reputation for nipping at the fins of slow moving and long finned species. They may also nip at other members of their school, making larger groups advisable, as this will more evenly distribute any aggression. Serpae Tetras are a very hardy species, preferring slightly acidic water, but are very adaptable to most common aquarium water chemistries.
Serpae Tetras are mostly carnivorous, feeding on small insects and other invertebrates in the wild, but will readily accept prepared foods such as flakes or pellets.