Hyphessobrycon: Greek, hyphesson, -on, -on = a little smaller + Greek, bryko = to bite
H. pulchripinnis prefers soft slightly acidic water but will tolerate more neutral to slightly alkaline conditions as long as extremes are avoided. Wild caught fish will be a little more fussy than their commercially bred counterparts.
H. pulchripinnis is an omnivore which feeds on small aquatic inverts such as worms, crustaceans along with some vegetable matter.
H. pulchripinnis is a peaceful community fish when kept with other peaceful fish of a similar size.
As with the majority of small characins the adult males iare smaller and slimmer than the adult females. The males generally exhibit brighter colours than fdo females and the black markings on the anal fin are more pronounced on male fish.
Lemon tetras are on of the easier characins to breed. In order to raise a brood a separate breeding aquarium will be required.
The IUCN Red List of endangered species lists H. pulchripinnis as "Least Concern".
Although not the most brightly coloured of tetras, Lemon tetras make a nice contrast to the more striking species with their subtle colouration and are well worth their place in the community tank.
pH: 6 - 7.5
dGH: 4 - 12
Temperature: 22 - 28°C (72 - 82°F)
Size: 3.8cm (1.6in)
Min tank size: 100 litres
Difficulty level: Easy
Aquarium type: Community
Swimming level: All levels
Origin: S America, Tapajós river basin
Habitat: Slow moving, shallow water of rivers and creeks with heavy vegetation.
Species: H. pulchripinnis, Ahl, 1937
Other common names:
Hemigrammus erythrophthalmus (misapplied)