The Buenos Aires Tetra derives its name from the capital city of Argentina. The city sits on the western shore of the Río de la Plata, located along the southeastern coastline of South America. Considered a river by some and a gulf by others, the Río de la Plata is formed by the joining of the Paraná and Uruguay Rivers, which are also home to the Buenos Aires tetra. In the wild, they are commonly found in rivers, ponds, lakes, and streams.
The Buenos Aires Tetra can grow to 7cm in size, and it is one of the larger tetras. Its body is silvery with a narrow blue line that starts behind the gill and ends at the caudal (tail) fin, where there is a black diamond-shaped spot. The fins are orange-red and a splash of red can be seen at the top of the eye.
Buenos Aires Tetras are social fish that swim in schools. Although tetras are generally peaceful, avoid keeping them with small fish such as the neon tetra as well as long-finned fish such as bettas and angelfish. If they get hungry, Buenos Aires tetras could nip at the fins of long-finned tankmates.
The Buenos Aires Tetra does well with larger sized tetras, such as the Black Widow or Serpae Tetra, as well as with barbs, danios, gouramis, and rainbows. Bottom-dwelling fish are also good companions. A school of Buenos Aires Tetras is good dither fish among non-aggressive cichlids.
Buenos Aires Tetras are omnivores and will accept a wide variety of foods. Feed these tetras several times a day and only what they can consume in three minutes or less at each feeding.In the wild, they primarily feed on worms, crustaceans, insects, and plants, but in the aquarium, they will generally eat all kinds of live, fresh, and flake foods. Given its propensity for eating live plants, regularly provide this fish with spirulina or vegetable based flakes. Flake, dried, and freeze-dried foods add well-needed variety to their diet and will be readily accepted. To keep these tetras at their best and most colourful offer frozen foods such as bloodworms, daphnia, brine shrimp, and mosquito larvae.
- Species – Hyphessobrycon anisitsi
- Common Name – Buenos Aires Tetra (Gold)
- Origin – Argentina, southeastern Brazil, Paraguay in South America.
- Diet – Omnivore
- PH Range – 5.8 – 8.5
- Temperature – Tropical 18-28°c
- Breed Type – egg layer
- Current Size – approximately 5cm (Grows to approximately 7cm)
- Sex – Un-sexed