Lemon Tetra
Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis

Care Level




Reef Compatible


Plant Safe


Max Size

2" - 5"

Minimum Tank Size

10 gallon


Yellow, Black, White



Water Conditions

Acidic (5.5-7.8 pH), intermediate water hardness (3-12 dGH), 72 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit


General: The Lemon Tetra (Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis) is a hardy species that is capable of living in a relatively wide range of environmental conditions. It is a shoaling species that will provide a bright-yellow pop of color to any aquarium. The Lemon Tetra is willing to readily breed in heavily planted tanks, and can live up to ten years.

Fecundity (Reproduction): The female Lemon Tetra (Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis) can produce up to 300 eggs per clutch. To encourage breeding behaviors, it is best to maintain a 4:1 female to male ratio, an acidic pH of 5.5, a soft water hardness of approximately 3 dGH, and a water temperature of 76 degrees Fahrenheit.

Preferred Water Chemistry: Acidic (5.5 to 7.2 pH), intermediate water hardness (3 to 12 dGH)

Dimorphism: The male Lemon Tetra (Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis) will have slightly brighter coloration and will have an elongated anal fin. The female Lemon Tetra will have a comparatively duller coloration and will have a short anal fin.

Aquarium Diet: Brine shrimp, Baby Brine Shrimp, Blackworms, Omnivore flakes, Omnivore pellet, Spirulina

Compatibility: The Lemon Tetra (Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis) compatible with other small community fish such as other Tetra, Danio, Rasbora, Corydoras, and South American Dwarf Cichlids (Ram, Apistogramma). Ideally, it is best to add fish of a similar size to the species already existing in the aquarium.

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Author: Aquatics Unlimited