Buenos Aires Tetra

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Description of the Buenos Aires Tetra

The Buenos Aires Tetra is a very hardy fish and ideal for beginners. It has a beautiful metallic colored body with red tipped fins and black markings. It is one of the larger species of Tetras and can grow up to 7cm. They are very lively fish and can be aggressive to smaller fish. The Buenos Aires Tetra is a 'fin nipper' and will eat almost anything including aquarium plants!

Popular Name: Buenos Aires Tetra
Species: Hyphessobrycon anisitsi

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Buenos Aires Tetra

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Profile of the Buenos Aires Tetra
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Buenos Aires Tetra species.

  • Size: Up to 7cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: PH 5.5 to 8.5 Temp 17 to 28 Degrees

  • Diet / Feeding: Dried and Flake Food

  • Temperament: Boisterous fish, known as a 'fin nipper'

  • Habitat: Ponds and River Basins, South America

  • Behaviour: Can be aggressive to other Tetras

  • Range: South America

Scientific Classification of the Buenos Aires Tetra
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Hyphessobrycon anisitsi

  • Popular Name: Buenos Aires Tetra

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Characiformes

  • Family: Characidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Buenos Aires Tetra?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!


Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Buenos Aires Tetra slimy?
Buenos Aires Tetra secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Buenos Aires Tetra to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do Buenos Aires Tetra have gills?
Gills enable the Buenos Aires Tetra to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do the Buenos Aires Tetra have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:

  • Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Buenos Aires Tetra has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Buenos Aires Tetra has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Buenos Aires Tetra has Caudal fins to propel through the water.

  • Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Buenos Aires Tetra has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement

Interesting Facts and Information about Buenos Aires Tetra

Buenos Aires Tetra

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  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Buenos Aires Tetra slimy?

  • Why do the Buenos Aires Tetra have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Buenos Aires Tetra have fins?

  • Species: Hyphessobrycon anisitsi

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