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Hyphessobrycon bentosi - Bentos tetra, White tip tetraMagyarul / Hungarian
Hyphessobrycon bentosi - Bentos Tetra, White Tip TetraHyphessobrycon bentosi - Bentos Tetra, White Tip Tetra
  • Scientific name: Hyphessobrycon bentosi
  • Common name: Bentos Tetra, White Tip Tetra
  • Group: Characins
  • Habitat: South America; Amazon River Basin
  • Size: 4 cm
  • Biotope: Calm waters under the floating plants.
  • Social behavior: Peaceful
  • Diet: Omnivorous .
  • Breeding: Quite easy
  • Tank: Minimum 120 litres
  • Population: 8-10 fishes for 120 litres
  • Decoration: Should be kept in aquarium that are densely planted along the back and sides and plenty of free swimming space in the center.
  • Temperature: 24-28°C
  • pH: 5,5-7
  • Hardness: 5,6-11,6 NK°
  • Lifespan: 3-5 years

Description: The Ornate Tetra, sometimes referred to as the Bentos Tetra or White Tip Tetra, is a deeper bodied fish with a body shape typical of some of the larger tetras such as the Bleeding Heart Tetra. Its coloration and appearance is very similar to its close relative, the Rosy Tetra, with the differences being quite subtle. Both of these fish have a pink to deep salmon body color, though the Ornate Tetra will often appear more transparent. Both species also have darker red markings on their fins. The Ornate Tetra will have a faint grayish 'shoulder patch' which is absent on the Rosy Tetra.
These two tetras show subtle differences in their fin coloration. The Ornate Tetra will have white markings on their dorsal and pelvic fin extensions, thus the term 'white 'tip'. The Rosy Tetra will have a black marking or 'flag' on its dorsal fin extension, and will sometimes (but not always) have white tips to the fins. But to all rules there are exceptions, and even an occasional Ornate Tetra will have the black 'flag' type marking on its dorsal fin as well.

The males will have longer fins and females will be shorter and plumper.

Hyphessobrycon bentosi (Bentosi White Tip Tetra) can be breed in a separate breeding aquarium with a lot of fine leafed plants which will serve as egg substrate. A lowered light level might help trigger spawning. The fry hatch after 24 hours and are free swimming a few days later. The fry need really small food and can take crushed flake food after 10 days from becoming free swimming.