Red Minor Serpae Tetra


The Red Minor Serpae Tetra is a usually peaceful, schooling fish that comes from the regions of South America. It can be a minor fin nipper, so other species with delicate fins are best kept separate. Receiving its name from its red/orange body with black markings behind the head and on dorsal and anal fins, the hardy Red Minor Serpae Tetra is great for the community aquarium.

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.

Serpae 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 Red Minor Serpae 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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Ashley April 20, 2010 at 8:44 pm

these fish are easy to take care of and are either in groups together or at the bottom of the tank. they are picky eaters and i still have not found the best food for them yet. i have 3 and no babys but at the same time its hard to tell female and male apart. for a 1st time tank they are a good coloring addition and mine are very kind no fin nipping

i would give these fish a 3-4 out of 5 stars. depends greatly on where you buy your fish for the best commuinty tank.

Cody November 15, 2010 at 4:27 pm

I had two these in my 46 gallon and within hours one died and the other the next morning. They where with harmless community fish that kept to them self not a good fish to put with other fish.

brandon December 31, 2010 at 2:32 pm

my tetras are doing good.

Stacey February 28, 2011 at 10:07 pm

I have had no problems with these guys we have 2 in our 27 gallon tank. No nipping on our guppies, neon or glofish. Over all a very nice addition to our family 🙂

Georgia February 3, 2012 at 12:16 am

Wonderfull characters. I have 3 in my tank and they stay together at the bottom. Mine go crazy for flakes. No fin nipping for me either 🙂

Brittany April 3, 2013 at 5:07 pm

I’ve had one of these for over a year and a half, since I started my 10 gallon tank, gets along great with Zebra Danios, but is a fin biter of any fish with nice colors on their fins, very aggressive with guppies, and chased my pleco everywhere.

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