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Hyphessobrycon flammeus, Myers, 1924

Origin:Brazil, in the vicinity of Rio de Janeiro

Etymology: flammeus L.; Firy

Synonyms: Hyphessobrycon bifaciatus

First European import: Germany, 1920, by C. Brüning.

Description: See picture(s)

Care:Hardy adaptable fish that is well suited for any community tank. Hyphessobrycon flammeus thrives in an environment with a dark soil, some shaded areas(floating plants) and soft slightly acidic water, but can also be kept in very hard alkaline water, but is then usually a bit less colorful. Hyphessobrycon flammeus should be kept in groups of 5 or more fish in a 50 cm tank or larger.

Temperature:22-27 degrees

Feeding:Omnivorous, all food is accepted.

Size:Up to 4 cm

pH: 6.0-8.0

Breeding:Faily easy. No live food is necessary, a suitable breeding pair should be placed in a 40 cm breeding tank, with a substrate. The water is best peat filtered, soft, and around 26 degrees. After the fish spawned, the parents should be removed.

Sexual dimorphism:Males have a red anal fin, in females the anal fin is yellowish to orange.

Prices:Netherlands: 1-2 €

Additional:The fish isn't as popular anymore as it once used to be, mostly because they are almost too easy, and some other fish in the family are more colorful. Still it is a very good beginner fish, which can be quite beautiful if kept under the right circumstances.

Picture references:Picture 1: E. Naus

References:Baensch, H. A., Riehl, R.(1982): Aquarien Atlas I. Mergus Verlag, Melle, Germany.

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