Buenos Aires Tetra

The Buenos Aires Tetra (Hyphessobrycon anisitsi) is a freshwater fish.

The Buenos Aires Tetra is metallic silver with red-tipped fins and a black marking on its tail fin. The top and bottom of its body are red. Its pelvic and bottom fins are red. At the base of its body where it meets the tail is a black t-shaped mark.

Buenos Aires Tetra

It grows to 7 centimetres (3 inches) in length. 

It is native to the topical rivers of South America, in countries such as Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil. It prefers rivers, ponds, lakes, and streams. 

It is omnivorous, feeding on worms, crabs, aquatic insects, and plants. 

The Buenos Aires Tetra lives in schools. 

The female lays eggs, scattering them on the river bed. The eggs hatch after one day. The young fish are called fry. 

It lives up to 5-6 years.

[Location of photograph: Almaty, Kazakhstan]

Photographer: Martina Nicolls


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