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Hyphessobrycon amandae - Ember TetraMagyarul / Hungarian
Hyphessobrycon amandae - Ember TetraHyphessobrycon amandae - Ember TetraHyphessobrycon amandae - Ember TetraHyphessobrycon amandae - Ember TetraHyphessobrycon amandae - Ember TetraHyphessobrycon amandae - Ember Tetra
  • Scientific name: Hyphessobrycon amandae
  • Synonyms:Hemigrammus amandae (Géry & Uj, 1987)
  • Common name:Ember Tetra
  • Group: Characins
  • Habitat: South America, Brazil
  • Size: 2-2.5 cm
  • Biotope: Found in the Araguaia river basin mostly in smaller blackwater tributaries and oxbow lakes, where the water is soft and slightly acidic, and the substrate is covered with dried leaf litter.
  • Social behavior: A peaceful and schooling characin, that should be kept only with similar sized and peaceful fish because of its size. They should be kept in a group of at least 8-10 species, as they become bolder in a larger group.
  • Diet: Omnivorous; in the nature they feed on invertebrates, while in the aquarium they will readily accept all kinds of suitable sized foods, such as cyclops, grindal worm, tubifex and dried foods too.
  • Breeding: Quite easy
  • Tank: Minimum 40 litres
  • Population: 8-10 fish for 50 litres
  • Decoration: They prefer a densely planted tank with dark substrate. Floating plants can be useful to subdue lighting. Place a few dried leaves onto the substrate to mimic their natural habitat.
  • Temperature: 20-28 °C
  • pH: 5-7
  • Hardness: 1-10 NK°
  • Lifespan: 4-5 years

Description: Ember Tetra was discovered in 1986 by Heiko Bleher, and described and named in honour of his mother, the explorer Amanda Bleher who had great excellence in the chart of the Brazilian flora and fauna. Their coloration depend greatly on their mood, it can be light red, orange and deep red. The pelvic fin and the lobes of the caudal fin are translucent. The dorsal fin which usually stands tall has a dark blotch. The rest of the fins are reddish even the adipose fin. Females have lighter bellies.

Mature males have deep red coloration especially during spawning, while females have paler colors and are a little plumpers. Breeding is quite easy, even a small aquarium is suitable, the only thing that an aquarist should provide for is the starting food of the fry. The breeding tank should have dim lighting, and the base of the aquarium must be covered with fine leaved aquarium plants, such as Java moss where the female can deposit the eggs. Other option is to cover the base of the tank with some kind of mesh that can protect the eggs from the adults. They can be bred in pairs or in small groups. The water should be soft (3 dKH), slightly acidc (pH 6) with a temperature of 25-26 °C, and the fish will usually spawn in the next or the third morning. Hyphessobrycon amandae are egg-scattering free spawners, and the number of the eggs can vary between 30 and 60. After the breeding the parents should be removed from the aquarium. The eggs hatch in 24-30 hours and the larvae become free-swimming after another 4 days. The fry can be fed with infusoria-type foods, or liquid foods in the first days, and later when they become larger, they can be fed with brine shrimp nauplii. The only problem is the fry are very tiny and it is hard to get small enough food to raise them. The one month old fry can be 5-7 mm in length.

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