Blue Tetra

Other Blue Tetra Names: Blue Tetra, Cochus Blue Tetra

Blue Tetra Scientific Name: Boehlkea fredcochui

Blue Tetra (Boehlkea fredcochui))

Temperature Range: 72°F-82°F
pH Range: 5.6-7.6
Hardness Range: 1-15°

Family: Characidae

Species Type: Characins (Tetras)

Blue Tetra Adult Size: 2 inches (cm)

Blue Tetra Life Expectancy: 3 years

Blue Tetra Habitat: South American Rivers (Amazon River)

Blue Tetra Minimum Tank Size: 29 gallons

Blue Tetra Temperament: Generally peaceful but may nip at long flowing fins.

Blue Tetra Diet & Nutrition: Herbivorous - Does well with vegetable based flake foods.

Blue Tetra Description: An extremely active shoaling fish. This species is best maintained in groups of six or more in a large tank. It is generally peaceful in proper setups, but it may nip the fins of other fish (this is most often seen during feeding). Do not keep this species with fish that have long, flowing fins, or fish that are easily intimidated by more active species. In small or crowded aquaria, the Cochu's Blue Tetra will get frustrated and likely become aggressive towards other species of fish. Normal aggression in this species, which is generally limited to mild chasing and nipping, will be displayed almost exclusively to conspecifics (and not other species) in appropriate setups.

Tank Mate Compatibility: Other tetras or community fish that can handle the low pH.

Blue Tetra Breeding & Spawning: Lowering pH and water hardness a bit may induce breeding. Be sure to provide broad leaf plants for them to lay the eggs under.

Determining Blue Tetra Sex: Females tend to be plumper than males.

Aquarium Region: All over but prefers middle region.

Blue Tetra Diseases: None specific to species.

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