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Red Minor Tetra

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  • Diet: Flake, Frozen, Freeze-dried
  • Maximum size: 2"
  • Water temperature: 72-82° F
  • Swimming level: Middle
  • Schooling fish (5+)
  • Experience level: Beginner
  • Tank Setup: 10+ gallons, densely planted

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 Red Minor Tetra

Common Name
Red Minor Tetra

Other Common Names
Serpae Tetra, Blood Tetra

Scientific Name
Hyphessobrycon callistus


Feeding Habits
Frozen blood worms, glass worms, brine shrimp, plankton and daphnia. Live blood worms, glass worms, tubifex worms and brine shrimp. All types of freeze dried and flake foods are also accepted.

Peaceful and schooling, but can be aggressive at times.

Brazil: Moderately decorate with rocks, live plants and driftwood.

Females have a rounder and fuller body.

Additional Comments
Keep the Red Minor's well fed and any aggression problem they may have will be minimized immediately.

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Red Minor Tetra
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Red Minor Tetra is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 26.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Red Minor Tetras I got 3 of these for my 10 gallon aquarium. They are great fish! They are active and will swim a lot. But make sure to get some that are all the same size because they will bully the smaller ones. But other than that, they are great fish!
Date published: 2011-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Beautiful Addition I have 5 Red Minor Tetras in my tank and I love them. They have beautiful colors, and sometimes school together. They are not perfect for any tank, however, and many people are having problems with aggression. While my fish may occasionally chase each other or another fish, I have not had any significant issues with them. They work well with other hardy fish, but may not be suitable for a tank with extremely shy fish, or ones with long fins. I keep them with a species such as Australian Rainbowfish and Black Skirt Tetras. A great way to ensure that they do not become aggressive is getting enough of them so that they feel safe, and also making sure they get well fed. While these fish are hardy, I did have a few die in my newly cycling tank, but now that my tank has established itself, they are doing just fine. These fish can be shy, and are often at the back of my tank, but when they come to the front they look stunning. Their colors are just beautiful.
Date published: 2013-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful tetra I have a school of 4 Red Minor Tetras in my 37 gallon aquarium, where they live with Neon tetras, Platys, and Corydoras catfish. They are stunning fish with beautifully patterned fins and a graceful swimming movement, and all in all have brightened my aquarium. Red Minor Tetras are more delicate than other types of tetras and some community fish (i.e. Platys) are. When I had ich in my tank, the Red Minor Tetras were the first to contract it. They were also the ones to die quickly in a minor ammonia spike (in the beginning when my tank was cycling - made the mistake of fish-in cycling) and get fin rot first (owing to their long fins). However, they are easily treated if you isolate them and take good care of their needs until they're better. Red Minor Tetras tend to pale out a little when they're stressed, and at such times you can actually see through their scales to their intestines/skeleton systems. This fish is in reality much more transparent-looking than the sales picture makes it look. Even when they're not paled out, you can sometimes see through them. You might want to get a small-pelleted food like Hikari micro pellets (also sold at PetSmart), or just crush the flakes between your fingers. Tetras have very small mouths and need small food particles. All in all, I definitely recommend this fish. They are interesting, colorful, and graceful. Great for any tropical community aquarium or in a school of their own!
Date published: 2013-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This fish is a beautiful addition to a tank. They are very feathery and like to swim mostly in the middle of the tank. My fish is painfully shy and if I come near the glass where he is, he will swim away. Because he is shy, he looooovvveesss to hide in the corner behind the giant rock in the tank. He does not interact with any of the other fish either, but he is very cute and seems happy enough swimming around the tank. He is warming up to the tank more and more and loves to explore behind the rock and through the plants. Overall if you are looking for a quiet but decorative fish then he is perfect!
Date published: 2012-08-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Red Minor Tetra I purchased five Red Minor Tetras from Petsmart. They are beautiful fish and are well priced, but they are just too aggressive for a community tank. Currently, they are picking on my docile Cory catfish. I have Neons and Lampeyes with them, and they are definitely the bullies in the tank.
Date published: 2013-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good fish but nips I got five of these guys and they school together and are really active with each other. They do nip the other fish in my tank I don't recommend this fish to people who want a long-finned fish.
Date published: 2014-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Pretty Fish! The Red Minor Tetra is a very pretty fish, I just love the way that their fins glide through the water. They are very gentle and like to be in groups of three or more. I love this fish!
Date published: 2011-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best starter fish! I have had many different types of fish in my life. These little guys are by far the prettiest and easiest fish to care for of all of the fish I've owned.
Date published: 2015-07-20
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