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Long-Finned Skirt Tetra


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  • Diet: Flake, Frozen, Freeze-dried
  • Maximum size: 3"
  • Water temperature: 65-75° F
  • Swimming level: Middle
  • Schooling fish (5+)
  • Experience level: Beginner
  • Tank Setup: 10+ gallons
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Great for beginner aquarists, tetras are attractive, hardy fish that come in a variety of colorations and patterns. Tetras are an active, peaceful, schooling fish that mix well with other community fish. They prefer to swim in schools of five or more. Tetras can share their aquarium with other community danios, rasboras, catfish and less aggressive barbs and gouramis.

Instead of plants, tetras eat aquatic crustaceans, worms and aquatic insect larvae. Vary their diet by including frozen or freeze-dried bloodworms, tubifex worms and other small worms, mosquito larvae and daphnia. You will see your tetras swimming in the middle of your aquarium. To create a beautiful environment, be sure to add some top and bottom swimmers as well. Ask a PetSmart associate to help you choose.

Learn about the Skirt Tetra

Scientific Name
Gymnocorymbus ternetzi


Feeding Habits
Live blood worms, glass worms, brine shrimp and tubifex worms. Frozen vegetable diet, daphnia, plankton, beef heart, brine shrimp, glass worms and blood worms. Flake and freeze dried foods also accepted.

Peaceful and schooling with fish of the same size.

Bolivia-Paraguay: Moderately decorated with rocks, live plants and driftwood.

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Long-Finned Skirt Tetra
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Long-Finned Skirt Tetra is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 7.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from These fish are extremely hardy and are amazing to watch eat when kept in at least groups of 4. Keeping with all types of tetras is good to do when creating a community tank. Also these fish are more aggressive than black skirt tetras so I suggest giving these guys some hiding spots.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tough Cookie Not a big fan however she never let me down. One of small numbers originals left when I started my tank, fish went through many changes, cycling, bad neighbors, nasty fin ripping comrades, etc. Several time was thinking, there is no way she'll come back but she proved me wrong. Now I'm believer and will get her some company. Note, as vulnerable as this fish looks they actually have mean streak in them and never miss an opportunity to pick on roommates.
Date published: 2015-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful fish, but take caution and do research! I got 2 of these guys to go with my one black skirt tetra (not longfin) and they began to school together nicely. However, one started nipping everyone like crazy and tearing up fins. So I returned him. I will soon get a more peaceful skirt tetra. Make sure you watch them first! If their 'skirt' is black, they are relaxed, if they are white or grey, they are stressed out! In the store, buy fish that have darker colors, they will be the most healthy. These fish will outlive a lot of their tank mates, they are a bit more of a long term commitment then I expected. They eat like crazy and it's super fun to watch In conclusion, a wonderful schooling fish. Watch out though, they are fin nippers from my experience. More so than the original variety. Make sure you have at LEAST 3, preferably 5 fish. If you have a 10 gallon tank with these guys, get 5 of this species only. I do not recommend putting them with glofish or bettas.
Date published: 2016-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Long-Finned Skirt Tetra I have a school of 7 skirt tetras in my 46 gal aquarium right now. I have 2 regular black skirts tetras that are over 4 years old, 2 long finned black skirts & 3 GloFish skirt tetras. They all school together. They are very hardy fish, very active, they like my pH, they're not so small you can't see them, & they let you know what they are feeling by changing colors. When they are happy their "skirts" will be black & when they are stressed their skirt will be white. They are best kept in schools of 5 or more. If you keep only 1-2 they will be less active & hide a lot. These skirt tetras are one of my favorite fish & I always keep a school of them in my aquarium. I highly recommend them!
Date published: 2014-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great long living fish I bough this fish 2 years ago and its still alive. I stop caring for the fish tank and stop feeding it for 6 months and it didn't die. If you want a fish that had a long life this is the fish you want.
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful and Easily Maintained I bought my first two Long Skirt Tetras about four years ago, and just love them. They're semi-aggressive, and are best suited for tanks with other semi-aggressive fish. I have them in with tiger barbs and danios, and they do wonderful together. From my experience, having only two of these tetras together is totally fine, but would recommend having 3-4. They also live longer than other tetras we've had. Our oldest is nearly five years old, and is from the original pair I got.
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love them I went to pet smart and bought two of these fishes for my boys birthdays and they just love the fish
Date published: 2016-01-22
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