Brycinus Longipinnis Care Sheet

Brycinus LongipinnisProfile and Description
SizeUp to 5 inches or 12.5 cm
OriginCentral East Africa
Natural habitatStrong flowing streams and rivers
Fish HardinessRelatively easy to keep
Water Temperature70 – 80.5 ºF or 21 - 27 ºC
Water pH6.0 – 8.0 pH
Water Hardness5 - 20 dH
StrataAll but mostly middle to top
Peaceful or AggressiveBeside being very active they are peaceful schooling fish
Number of same species in one aquariumSix or more but more is definitely better if you have enough room for them. One male for every two females
Minimum tank size30 gallons or 150 liters for every group of six fish
Community FishYes, if you have enough room for everyone
Compatible withTheir cousin the Congo Tetra, smaller more peaceful Cichlids, Cory Cats, Plecos and Loaches
SexesMature males are larger with distinctively longer dorsal and anal fins
FoodOmnivorous - flake food supplemented with live or frozen daphnia, blood worms or brine shrimp
BreedingNot very easy to breed
Breeding temperature75 – 80.7 °F or 24- 27 °C
Other namesLongfin tetra, Long Fin Tetra, Longfinned Tetra, Long Finned Tetra, Long Finned Characin, African Lonfin Tetra and various spelling forms
Scientific nameBrycinus longipinnis
Other Scientific namesAlestes longipinnis
LifespanUp to 5 years

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