Skirted Tetra (black, white)
Gymnocorymbus ternetzi

Care Level




Reef Compatible


Plant Safe


Max Size

2 - 5

Minimum Tank Size



Black, Silver, White



Water Conditions

72-82° F, KH 4-8, pH 6.0-7.5


General: Skirted tetras are naturally from sections of slower-moving streams in Paraguay. The black skirt tetra is a naturally-occurring species, while the white skirt tetra is actually bred specifically to support the hobby. Both varieties will reach a length over two inches and can live up to ten years in captivity.

Dimorphism: The male skirted tetra will have a shorter, more pointed dorsal fin, and be noticeably slimmer. The female skirted tetra will have a taller, more well-rounded dorsal fin. Once mature, the female will also take on a more gravid appearance.

Fecundity: The female skirted tetra can produce up to 500 eggs per clutch. To encourage spawning behavior of the skirted tetra, be sure to include much aquatic plant life within the aquarium. Also, try to maintain a slightly acidic pH of 6.2, a soft water hardness (3 to 6 dGH), and a water temperature of 84 degrees Fahrenheit.

Water Chemistry: 72-82° F, KH 4-8, pH 6.0-7.5

Aquarium Diet: Skirted tetras will accept brine shrimp, blackworms, fish flakes, omnivore pellets, and spirulina flakes.

Compatibility: Skirted tetras are typically compatible with other tetra species such as lemon tetras (Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis) and candycane tetras (Hyphessobrycon bentosi), danio species such as the zebra danio (Danio rerio), rasbora species such as the harlequin rasbora (Trigonostigma heteromorpha), Corydoras species, peaceful barb species such as the cherry barb (Puntius titteya), and South American dwarf cichlids such as the ram cichlid (Mikrogeophagus ramirezi) and Apistogramma species.

Skirted Tetra (black, white) Videos

Author: Grant Stevens