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Mirta 01-09-2008 01:35 PM

What type of tetra?
Please, help to identify the tetra.

The called it neon tetra in our local shop to which I laughed and they got quite confused having encountered such a connoisseur :oops: :lol: Then they explained that they just put that name up there having no other and knowing it was some kind of tetra.

Well, it has nothing in common with the neon. It is twice larger, pinkish white with some lilac glare at the tail. The shape of the body slightly reminds the black tetra's and it also very mobile, active and peaceful. I have made some pictures, but unfortunately my photographer's skills are poor.

I couldn't find anything looking like it in the Net.

bettababy 01-09-2008 02:15 PM

That looks like a glo lite tetra to me. Hemigrammus erythrozonus

Cool little fish and compatible with neons if the schools of each is large enough and the tank has plenty of decorations, especially plants. Glo lites average about 2 - 2 1/2 inches full grown, very peaceful, and pretty sturdy. I have used these fish (in small numbers to start) for cycling small aquariums of 20 gallons or less, and they do a super job. Once settled in and comfortable, if healthy, they color up nicely and appear to "glow", hence the name glo lite. If you watch when the light is turned out, they appear to glow in the dark for a short time. This is natural coloration for them, not man made. Requirements for them are about the same as the neons.

Lupin 01-09-2008 05:54 PM

Hmmm..Not a glowlight to me.:question: Any more clearer pics? I have a funny feeling it's a bloodfin.

bettababy 01-09-2008 11:34 PM

Here's a better pic of a glo lite tetra, much easier to see that they are the same fish as posted here

Mirta 01-10-2008 12:32 AM

:roll: I myself had excluded glowlights myself for they seem to have a red line along their body, red eye-brows, and they are smaller than those ones. This one is larger (a bit ) than my black neons, has no markings. Its body is pale pinkish with a lilac/purple sheen. It is very active. One of the shop's customers told them he had found it in the Net. I couldn't. Are there any hybrids?

Anyway, I will try to get better pictures.

bettababy 01-10-2008 01:11 AM

That still sounds like a glo lite from your written description. Keep in mind, size could mean anything... age, maturity, how well it was cared for (water quality), foods, etc.
It is possible it could be a hybrid, but it's unlikely. I will wait for more pictures and will take another look. I have seen tanks full of glo lites, same store, come in on same day but from different places, one tank was very colored up and the other tank very bland and pale in color. I will be heading into town next week Thursday, I will take my camera and see if I can get a picture for you of a glo lite that is less colored up than others. They look exactly as the ones in your photos and fit your description down to the last detail.

Mirta 01-10-2008 11:38 AM

I was not very lucky with pictures today. Here's all I have:

And a couple without the flash:

Maybe that'll help, but I am still not sure about the glo light. Of course, the size is determined by age, but the coloring or in this case almost complete absence of it (the pictures are very poor) should still mean something. What about that prominent brow in glo light? The glo light's body seem to be more transparent. You can't see through this one. It is more opal.

bettababy 01-10-2008 01:52 PM

You were right, the better pictures were a big help!

Check out the link and tell me if that is your fish?

Or this?

The first link is a blue tetra... that purple sheen you mentioned is typical in the blues, although the "red above the eye" is more of a gold color in the blues. The blue tetras are very aggressive, and this grows as they mature. They are a very nippy fish, and the bigger the school the more aggressive they can become towards other tankmates.

The 2nd link I posted is a silver tip tetra. Seldom have I ever seen any purple tinting in a silvertip, but there have been a slight few who were stressed and faded in color who showed some darker irridescence in th ebody. Silver tips are generally peaceful, but stress easily and very sensitive to water quality. Silver tips are also sensitive to medications.

Lastly is the head and tail light tetra. Here you will see the red above the eye, and a slight shade of dark irridescence, especially when they are stressed. Typically the head and tail lights are more of a golden silver coloration with the glowing spots in the eye, and at the base of the caudal fin (tail). Head and tail lights can reach over 3 inches in length, and can be quite bold. I would not mix them with weaker, less aggressive tetras, especially in a tank of less than 30 gallons.

Does this help?

You are the only one who can see your fish accurately...

Mirta 01-11-2008 12:36 PM

Thank you Bettababy for your help!

The latter two are excluded. I've got 12 silver tips, and I have gone through all the hemigrammuses which I was able to find in the net and in literature...

The first one looks the closest. Only the tail part is not so blue in mine. It is maybe attributed to the fact that they are new and need to get accustomed to the environment. Although they were also pale in the store. When I was purchasing them (a pack of 6) I asked about compatibility several times and they told me it was a very peaceful tetra. My silvertip were a bit feisty for a couple of days. They are OK now.

These mysterious guys, however, have not shown any signs of aggression yet. It is true that they are very active swimmers. They are a joy to watch. They live in an 80gal with neons, cardinals, black neons, beacon fish, angels, and corys.

Thank you once again! I would never know anything about the Blue tetra! I have come to appreciate tetras in general and even dedicated a whole tank almost completely to them (I also have corys and acistruses there)

Mirta 01-11-2008 12:42 PM


Boehkea fredocochui


23 kr
This is what I found. I think it is a Swedish site. It is called Akka Zoo. They have a tetra with that name and it looks very similar indeed. I couldn't copy the pic but when I typed boehkea I got this - 14k

So it looks like you're absolutely right this time!

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