Diamond Spot Tetra

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Description of the Diamond Spot Tetra

The Diamond Spot Tetra is also commonly known as the Diamond Spot Characin or the Buenos Aires Tetra. It is one of the most hardy freshwater tropical fish and makes an ideal choice for the beginner. It has a beautiful metallic colored body with red tipped fins and black markings. It can grow up to 7cm so is one of the larger species of Tetras. They are very lively fish but can be aggressive to smaller fish. The Diamond Spot Tetra is a 'fin nipper', it will eat almost anything including aquarium plants!

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Diamond Spot Tetra

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Popular Name: Diamond Spot Tetra
Species: Hyphessobrycon anisitsi

Profile of the Diamond Spot Tetra
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Diamond Spot Tetra species.

  • Size: Up to 7cm

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

  • Diet / Feeding: Flake Food and Dried Food

  • Temperament: A 'fin nipper', it is a Boisterous fish

  • Habitat: Ponds and River Basins, South America

  • Behaviour: Can be aggressive to other Tetras

  • Range: South America

Scientific Classification of the Diamond Spot 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: Diamond Spot Tetra - Diamond Spot Characin

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Characiformes

  • Family:Characidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Diamond Spot 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 Diamond Spot Tetra slimy?
Diamond Spot Tetra secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Diamond Spot 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 Diamond Spot Tetra have gills?
Gills enable the Diamond Spot 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.

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Why do the Diamond Spot 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 Diamond Spot Tetra has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

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

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

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

Interesting Facts and Information about Diamond Spot Tetra

Diamond Spot Tetra

  • Interesting Information about Diamond Spot Tetra

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Diamond Spot Tetra slimy?

  • Why do the Diamond Spot Tetra have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Diamond Spot Tetra have fins?

  • Species: Hyphessobrycon anisitsi

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