Penguin Tetra

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The Penguin Tetra (Thayeria boehlkei) comes from the upper Amazon River Basin and feeds on small worms, insects and crustaceans in the small streams in which it is found. They need to be kept in a small school of 5 or more and with similar sized tank mates.

Penguin Tetra Profile Facts and Care Information

Scientific Name : Thayeria boehlkei

Common Names : Penguin Tetra, Blackline Penguinfish, Hockey Stick Tetra, Penguinfish

Penguin Tetra Care Level : Easy

Size : 1.2 inches (3 cm)

Water Parameters : pH 6 - 8 | dH range: 5 - 20 | Temperature : 72°F - 82°F (22°C - 28°C)

Lifespan : 3 - 5 years

Origin / Habitat : South America, upper Amazon River basin in Peru and Araguaia River in Brazil.

Temperament / Behavior : Very similar to other tetras. Keep them in groups of 5 or more.

Penguin Tetra Breeding / Mating / Reproduction : Get them ready ahead of time by feeding them a high quality diet for several weeks/months. They prefer tank water that is on the softer and more acidic side of the pH scale. Egg scatterers and the parents will eat the eggs. The female can drop hundreds of eggs that hatch after 20 to 24 hours and fry are swimming after 4 days.

Tank Size : 20 to 30 gallon recommended (schooling fish)

Compatible Tank Mates : Keep them in groups and don't keep them with fish large enough to eat them.

Fish Disease : Freshwater Fish Disease

Diet / Fish Food : Small worms, insects, crustaceans in the small streams where they originate. They will go after smaller pellet foods and flake foods. You can and should add in thawed blood worms, brine shrimp and other freshwater preparations.

Tank Region : Middle to upper regions of the aquarium.

Gender : Not sure of any external characteristics to determine males and females.

Similar Species : Characins, Tetras - Black Neon Tetra | Black Phantom Tetra | Black Skirt Tetra | Bleeding Heart Tetra | Blind Cave Tetra | Bloodfin Tetra | Buenos Aires Tetra | Cardinal Tetra | Cochu's Blue Tetra | Congo Tetra | Diamond Tetra | Disk Tetra | Ember Tetra | Emperor Tetra | Glowlight Tetra | Green Neon Tetra | Head and Tail Light Tetra | Neon Tetra | Pristella Tetra | Red Colombian Tetra | Red Eye Tetra | Rummy Nose Tetra | Serpae Tetra | White Skirt Tetra

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