Hello dear readers. In today’s short article I would like to introduce you to an amazing representative of the family of the Haracin lemon tetra.
The natural habitat of this aquarium fish are tributaries of the river Tokantis, which flows into the territory of Brazil.
The body of the lemon tetra is ovoid, elongated, and on the sides it is slightly flattened. Body color casts silver.
If the conditions of detention are suitable, then the color of the fish becomes lemon-yellow. The iris of the eyes above is blood red. Although the fins are transparent in appearance, they still have a yellow-green hue.
Anal fin in front of yellow. In males, the anal fin has a wide black rim, which females are either poorly defined or not at all. With the lumen of the body of the fish, you can see the swim bladder, in females it is narrow and curved, and in males – flattened and curved.
If an adult female bears a spawn, then she is clearly visible under the bladder. The maximum length of the fish is 4-5 centimeters.
Tetra lemon belongs to the category of schooling and peace-loving aquarium fish, which prefer to keep dense thickets of aquatic plants in the middle layers of the water or near the bottom. For the maintenance of a flock of tetras, an aquarium with a length of at least 35 centimeters will be required, in which various aquarium plants must be present that give a thick shadow (spiral vallysneria, Carombian cabomba, ambulia), snags and interesting stones.
Also, do not forget to leave enough room for free swimming.
When you pick up aquarium plants for aqua with tetras, you should not take small-leaved plants such as Riccia, because tetras like to eat them. Water hardness should not exceed 15 degrees, the temperature in the range of 21-23 degrees and the active reaction of the medium in the range of 6.0 – 7.0 pH. Do not forget about the weekly water changes to fresh.
Also without fail include in your list of equipment for the aquarium filter, without which it can not do. The main diet of the fish is live food, which is recommended to be diluted with vegetable and their substitutes.
Since females can overeat, it is better not to overfeed the fish.
At the age of 10-12 months the lemon tetra becomes sexually mature. The bottom area of a spawning tank for a pair of tetras should be at least 500 square centimeters.
At the bottom of the stack is laid separator, on which you want to plant a bush of Thai fern, or a bush of javanese moss. The light in the spawning should be diffused and weak.
The water temperature in the spawning should be 25-27 degrees, the hardness is not more than 3 and the active reaction of the medium is not more than 6. The thickness of the water column in the spawning should not exceed 25-centimeter mark. Manufacturers before spawning need to hold apart from each other and feed hard.
In the diet of the producers must be devics, Cyclops and live bloodworm. Spawning is stimulated by an increase in atmospheric pressure. The spawning process will begin in a couple of days after the producers get into the spawning aquarium.
In just one laying, the female can sweep from 100 to 350 eggs. Due to the high concentration of milk that the male throws into the water during spawning, the male and female need to be sown from this aquarium, because the milt takes vital oxygen from the roe.
After otsadite producers, replace in spawning ½ volume of water to fresh with the same composition and temperature. Light and aeration must be turned off.
A day after spawning, the fry hatch from the eggs, and after 5 days they are able to swim independently. As soon as the young begin to swim, it is necessary to turn on aeration and lighting in the aquarium.
You can feed the fry with rotifers, live dust, and in a few days you can enter Artemia and Cyclops into the diet of the nauplii.