Alestes AKA African Longfin Tetra (Brycinus longipinnis)
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The Alestes Tetra is a relatively large and outgoing African species that is a remarkable aquarium fish which will bring great activity to the community and planted aquarium!
The Alestes Tetra (Brycinus longipinnis), also known as the African Longfin Tetra, is a somewhat uncommon species that can make a very active and visible for the larger home aquarium. It has an overall silver body, but develops very noticeable iridescent coloration as it matures. Males also develop a very elegant dorsal fin extensions with maturity. The Alestes Tetra grows to a larger size than many other well-known tetra species, but it is still very peaceful and is a wonderful fish for larger setups. A school of adults is sure to be the focal point of the aquarium!
The Alestes 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 will not be intimidated by the constant activity of the Alestes Tetra. Though it has a relatively robust, larger body than many smaller tetras, it has a very small mouth. It is not a good tankmate for dwarf shrimp, but it could be kept with larger, peaceful invertebrates too large to be considered prey. The Alestes Tetra often inhabits blackwater habitats, but is somewhat adaptable to a variety of pH levels. 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 many hobbyist reports of the Alestes Tetra breeding in the home aquarium.
While not generally a picky eater, the Alestes 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!
- Exceptional size for a tetra
- Elegant coloration and finnage, especially in males
- 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: 6.0 - 7.5 (more acidic water is preferred)
- KH: 5 - 19 dKH
- Minimum tank size: 50+ gallons
- Diet: Mostly carnivorous. Requires a varied, high-protein diet and may take a while to accept dry foods.
- Social behavior: Peaceful, schooling/shoaling.
- Origin: Throughout northern West Africa
- Average adult size: Up to 5 inches (12.7 cm)
- Average purchase size: 2+ inches (5+ cm)