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Molecular Biology and Genetics
Statistics of barcoding coverage: Hyphessobrycon amandae
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 1
Species With Barcodes: 1
- IUCN 2006 2006 IUCN red list of threatened species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded July 2006. http://www.fishbase.org/references/FBRefSummary.php?id=57073
Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems
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The ember tetra (Hyphessobrycon amandae) is a freshwater fish of the characin family (family Characidae) of order Characiformes. It is native to the Araguaia River basin of Brazil and was discovered around fifteen years ago and named in honor of the fish explorer Heiko Bleher's mother (Amanda Bleher).
This species is of typical tetra shape but grows to a maximum overall length of approximately 2 cm (.75 in).; Most exhibit striking orange and reddish coloration with mild translucency near the pelvic fin. The eye frequently mirrors the color of the fish and is outlined in black.
The fish's natural diet consist of small invertebrates and plants.
In the aquarium
Ember tetras should be kept in acidic water with a pH near 6.6, and although their native habitat has very soft water they have adapted quite well to a wide range of hardness (5-17 dGH). The recommended temperature range is between 23-29 C (73-84 F). Ideally their tank should contain live plants, a darker substrate, and open water for swimming. Ember tetras should be kept in groups of at least 4-6, in order to promote schooling. They appreciate a heavily planted aquarium, ideally with a small area shaded from direct light and will spend a lot of time swimming through planted areas, which also offer some protection for their fry.
Ember tetras will school with other tetras, such as the neon tetra, but may become stressed by the presence of significantly larger fish.
These fish swim at the middle level of the aquarium, and do not feed from the bottom of the tank. Therefore it is recommended that they are kept with other bottom dwelling fish (such as pygmy corydoras) so that leftover food is then eaten up off the substrate and not left to waste.
In a well maintained heavily planted aquarium, Ember tetras have been known to live ten years or more.
- The Aquarium Wiki
- Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2006). "Hyphessobrycon amandae" in FishBase. April 2006 version.
- "Hyphessobrycon amandae". Integrated Taxonomic Information System.
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