Pittier's Tetra (Moenkhausia pittieri)

From The Aquarium Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search

Pittier's Tetra

Pittier's Tetra

Moenkhausia pittieri

57 Litres (15 US G.)

5.1-7.1cm (2-2.8 ")




6.0 - 7.0

24 -28 °C (75.2-82.4°F)

5-12 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

3-5 years



This animal is available captive bred

Additional names

Diamond Tetra, Pittier's Tetra

Additional scientific names

Opisthanodus haerteli

Origin[edit | edit source]

South America; Lake Valencia basin in Venezuela.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Males have more elongated fins, especially the dorsal fin, than that of the females.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

A generally peaceful community fish, keep in groups of 6 or more. Do not keep with nippy fish such as Tiger Barbs.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Will take most foods including pellets and flake as well as live/frozen food such as bloodworm and brine shrimp.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Appreciates a densely planted tank with cover to hide and some open swimming space. Does best in acidic or peat-filtered water.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A peaceful active shoaling fish.

Identification[edit | edit source]

The Diamond Tetra has elongated fins which are generally translucent in colour. The body is oval shaped and green to silver, similar in body shape to the Serpae Tetra. It gets its name from the shimmering scales that develop when mature. In reflected light the scales can have a violet to gold iridescence. The upper part of the iris is red to orange.

Pictures[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]