|Common name||Serpae tetra, Blood tetra
|Scientific name||Hyphessobrycon eques|
|Synonyms||Hyphessobrycon serpae, Hyphessobrycon callistus|
|Tank setup||Planted tank.|
|Compatibility||Community, but does have a justified reputation as a fin-nipper. This tendency is reduced when
kept in a shoal (much like Tiger barbs).|
|Water chemistry||Around neutral pH (6.5-7.5).|
|Feeding||Omnivorous: small live, frozen and dry foods.|
|Sexing||Males are smaller and slimmer.|
|Breeding||Use a small breeding tank with fine-leaved plants. Eggs will be scattered among the plants.
The fry will hatch in around 24-30 hours.|
This is one of a complex of species sometimes known as "Blood Tetras" or "Blood Characins".