African One Line Tetra (Nannaethiops unitaeniatus)
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The African One Line Tetra is a smaller characin compared to many of the continents other "tetras," and it is a very peaceful addition to the planted aquarium!
The African One Line Tetra (Nannaethiops unitaeniatus) is an uncommon species that is not often seen in the aquarium hobby. Under optimal care, it can develop impressive yellow, orange, and even red coloration. Females are considerably larger than males. It is a schooling/shoaling species that must be kept in groups to feel secure. It is best kept in a heavily planted aquarium with dim lighting or with dim areas.
The African One Line Tetra typically occupies the top and middle level of the water column, although it can often be seen swimming and feeding in the middle and bottom levels as well. It is safe to keep with other peaceful fish that are not too boisterous and likely to intimidate it or outcompete it for food. It might not be a good tankmate for dwarf shrimp, but it could be kept with larger, peaceful invertebrates too large to be considered prey. It is sensitive to poor water quality and will not thrive in an aquarium where regular maintenance is not performed. This species has not likely been bred on a major level, but there are some hobbyist reports of the African One Line Tetra breeding in the home aquarium.
While not generally a picky eater, the African One Line Tetra is sometimes finicky about accepting dry foods when first introduced to the aquarium, so it should first be offered live or frozen foods with high protein content. It will thrive and remain very colorful on a varied diet of foods and will usually learn to eagerly accept dry foods as part of its feeding regimen.
We are currently offering subadult and young adult specimens of this impressive tetra!
- Potential for excellent color
- Smaller than many African tetras
- Peaceful disposition with fish and peaceful invertebrates
- Very active and noticeable fish in any aquarium
- Uncommon in the aquarium hobby
- Temperature: 72° - 79° F (22° - 26° C)
- pH: 6.5 - 7.5
- KH: 5 - 12 dKH
- Minimum tank size: 20 gallons
- Diet: Omnivorous. Requires a varied diet that includes both meaty foods and vegetable content
- Social behavior: Peaceful, schooling/shoaling.
- Origin: Throughout West Africa
- Average adult size: Males - 1.8 inches (4.5 cm), Females - 2.6 inches (6.5 cm)
- Average purchase size: 1 inches (2.5 cm)