Black Skirt Tetra


The Black Skirt Tetra is a very peaceful, schooling fish that comes from the regions of South America. Receiving its name from its black translucent coloring, the hardy Black Skirt Tetra is great for any community aquarium. These Tetras are silver in color with black stripes and long flowing black fins.

Hiding spaces such as rocks, plants, and driftwood are recommended to give this fish a sense of security. Taller plants should be used to coincide with its mid-level swimming habits along with plenty of rock formed cave structures.

Black Skirt Tetras will breed occasionally in an aquarium setting and a hospital or "breeding tank" will be necessary. Slightly acidic water is best for optimal breeding habits. After the eggs have been fertilized, removing the parents will be necessary to reduce the number of lost fry. Feed the fry baby brine shrimp or crushed flake food.

The Black Skirt Tetra will accept many small foods such as brine shrimp or daphnia, freeze-dried bloodworms and tubifex, micro pellet food, and a high quality flake food.

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Rachel December 29, 2008 at 1:30 pm

Peaceful my @$$! My Black skirt tetra just killed my betta. They a fin nippers and I am dumping my into the office tank the next chance I get.

John April 8, 2010 at 1:02 am

They are fairly peaceful, but they are semi-aggressive. They really need to be in a group, 5 is a good number. This makes them less aggressive. They do fin nip. I found this out first hand with my betta as well, so they dont do well with fish that are slow with long fins. The bigger group they are in the safer they feel. I feed mine tropical flake food and blood worms once in awhile. This is a hardy fish that works well in cycling your new tank.

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