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Kidadl Team

AUGUST 12, 2021

Crystal Red Tetra: 21 Facts You Won't Believe!

Read in the article some interesting crystal red tetra facts.

In this very article, we shall be learning about a small fish species that is very beautiful and elegant. The name of the species is the crystal red tetra whose scientific name is Hyphessobrycon haraldschultzi.

These red tetra (Hyphessobrycon haraldschultzi) fish are endemic to the Araguaia region in Brazil. They are also kept as pets because of their elegant beauty and peaceful nature. Red tetras are social fishes who live in groups also known as schools. So when buying them for the aquarium, always keep them in a group. Red tetras are small and their body length is around 0.7-0.9 in (2-2.5 cm) with a negligible amount of body weight. Their dorsal fin is big and has three distinct colors (black, white, orange) on it. They have a dark spot on both their faces behind their gill covers. These peaceful fish follow an omnivorous diet and eat both animal and plant particles present in water.

Read on for some interesting and funny facts about this little fish that will amaze you. If you like reading random fish facts then do visit our black ghost knifefish facts and hogfish facts pages.

Crystal Red Tetra Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a crystal red tetra?

The crystal red tetra (Hyphessobrycon haraldschultzi) is a type of fish.

What class of animal does a crystal red tetra belong to?

The red tetra belongs to the class Actinopterygii, order Characiformes and family Characidae. Their genus name is Hyphessobrycon and their scientific name is Hyphessobrycon haraldschultzi also called Hemigrammus haraldschultzi.

How many crystal red tetras are there in the world?

There is no exact information about how many crystal red tetras (Hyphessobrycon haraldschultzi) are there in the world.

Where does a crystal red tetra live?

The crystal red tetra (Hyphessobrycon haraldschultzi) are endemic species. They are tropical fish that can be found in the Araguaia drainage in Brazil. They are famous aquarium fish species also.

What is a crystal red tetra's habitat?

The crystal red tetra (Hyphessobrycon haraldschultzi) lives in the Araguaia region. They are also kept in aquariums. These fish prefer aquariums with a sandy substrate and water plants available inside.

Who does crystal red tetra live with?

The crystal red tetra (Hyphessobrycon haraldschultzi) from the family Characidae are tranquil or peaceful fishes who live in groups or schools. While purchasing a crystal red tetra, keep in mind to keep them in groups, buy at least 6-10 fishes and pair them with other schooling fishes.

How long does a crystal red tetra live?

There is no proper information available on their longevity.

How do they reproduce?

Crystal red tetra (Hyphessobrycon haraldschultzi) spawn freely in the waters of the aquarium. Red tetras don't have a fixed spawning season. They tend to spawn when they feel the need. Tetras are one of the easy breeders who live in groups. A mating group may have two males and several females. After spawning, the eggs sink to the bottom of the aquarium out of their parent's reach. Then gradually baby fry comes out of the eggs and causes an increase in their population.

What is their conservation status?

The crystal red tetra (Hyphessobrycon haraldschultzi) does not have any conservation status tag on it.

Crystal Red Tetra Fun Facts

What does crystal red tetra look like?

Crystal red tetra (Hyphessobrycon haraldschultzi) are tropical fish species endemic to the Araguaia region in Brazil (natural habitat). They are small fish species that also live in the aquarium. These peaceful fish are small in size and have some vibrant colors present on their body. They have some awesome fins on their body. The dorsal fin is largely dark and colorful. The dorsal fin is situated at the middle of its back and has three visible color bands on it namely white, black and orange-yellow. These fish species have two ventral fin parts. The first one is small and is nearly transparent but the second one is comparatively larger and has an orange and yellow transparent color. They have a strong and beautiful caudal fin that is large, dark-colored on the body's side, and nearly colorless at the end. Their whole body is red-orange colored and has a bright shine on their scales. They have a large dark spot on both sides of their body. The dark spot is behind the operculum on the pelvic fin area. They are one of the small fish species with a body length of around 0.7-0.9 in (2-2.5 cm). Their body weight is very low, some negligible amount.

Red tetras are small fish species that are endemic to the Araguaia region in Brazil.
*Please note this is a red phantom tetra. If you have an image of a crystal red tetra, please let us know at [email protected].

How cute are they?

Cute is not the correct word for them. Rather, red tetra is a beautiful and elegant fish species that you can keep in your aquariums.

How do they communicate?

Fishes do not communicate through vocal sound. Instead, they use body language for communicating. Some fishes also release chemicals from their body for communication purposes. All fish species have their lateral line segment organ which helps them to detect even the minute disturbance in the water.

How big is a crystal red tetra?

The red tetra (Hemigrammus haraldschultzi) is a small fish. The length of their body is between 0.7-0.9 in (2-2.5 cm). They have a peaceful nature and show calm behavior in the tank.

How fast can a crystal red tetra swim?

Red tetras (Hemigrammus haraldschultzi) are small and agile fish from the family Characidae. They have a moderate swimming speed but their exact swimming speed is still not known.

How much does a crystal red tetra weigh?

The red tetra (Hemigrammus haraldschultzi) fish are very small in size. Their body length is estimated between 0.7-0.9 in (2-2.5 cm). Unlike their body measurements, their weight range is still not discovered.

What are the male and female names of the species?

There are no specific names assigned to the males and females of this species. This fish species show sexual dimorphism. The full-grown females are comparatively bigger than the males. Females in comparison to males have a more round body.

What would you call a baby crystal red tetra?

Like all other baby fishes, baby red tetras are also called fry or young ones.

What do they eat?

Red tetras are primarily omnivorous in nature feeding on both animals and plant food particles. Their diet consists of mainly invertebrates that happen in water. Other things that they consume as food are algae, larvae, fallen fruits, and phytoplanktons.

Are they aggressive?

Not really, the red tetra is a peaceful fish species that are easy to keep as pets. They live in normal temperature waters and don't follow any critical diet pattern. They are also calm and understanding towards their tank mates.

Would they make a good pet?

Yes! Red tetra fish species are perfect for aquariums. They are not very aggressive towards their tanks mates, they follow a normal diet, they are easy breeders, and most importantly, they are very elegant.

Did you know...

The rainbow tetra is considered the rarest tetra species on this Earth.

Different types of tetra

According to different studies, there are more than 150 plus species of tetras are there in this world, including one called the coffee bean tetra!

Ruby vs crystal red tetra

The ruby tetra is a natural inhabitant of Colombia. They are dark pink colored body has a neon effect on it like the neon tetra and the black neon tetra. They are small fish that easily swim around inside the tank. They are similar to the red tetra in size but differ in the field of color and behavior. The scientific name of the ruby tetra is Axelrodia riesei.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other fishes from our parrotfish facts and tilefish facts pages.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable Crystal red tetra coloring pages.

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