Hey guys, my LFS is getting in a ton of fish they call "Hi Five Tetras". I really want some, but I have no idea what they are. I've tracked down some similar species: The Rosy Tetra, The Candy Cane Tetra, and Hyphessobrycon sp. "HY511". I'm guessing I should search about the last one because its scientific number looks like Hy 5!!. Could you help me about these cool fish?
The LFS owner just talked to me about them a bit. He says they are his 2nd best selling fish, the first being cardinal tetras and the third being discus. He said they are very hardy & not fussy but they like good food. Picking up 6 today!
Look up Bentos Tetras/Ornate Tetras. They can also go by the name of Candy Cane Tetras. These tetras are a relative to the Rosy Tetra, but are often confused with being the Rosy Tetra. They are very hardy fish and have excellent coloring.
The LFS had 17 yesterday afternoon and had 4 today. I bought them all, even though 2 have kinked spines. I'll post some pics later tonight. They are tough little guys. I put some BS in the tank right after I put them in and even after being harassed by my diamonds they attacked it like it was the last food on earth! I'll enjoy em.
Oh gosh the pics are terrible... Makes the wood debris from my pleco on the bottom look like poop and the red doesn't even show up on these guys. Sorta aggressive, they chase each other around the tank and wave their fins around establishing dominance. They remind me of my diamond when they were little. They are like rowdy little kids, and the only fish that can keep them in control is my Bolivian ram. They are the most personable tetra I have seen, they are definitely not the standard mindless, ever-hungry schoolers that tetras usually are. They remind me of dwarf cichlids.