Tropical Fish for Freshwater Aquariums: Black Skirt Tetra
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Black Skirt Tetra
(Gymnocorymbus sp.)
Black Skirt Tetra
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Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Black, White
Diet Omnivore
Water Conditions 72-82° F, KH 4-8, pH 6.0-7.5
Max. Size 2½"
Origin South America
Family Characidae
Minimum Tank Size 10 gallons
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Overview

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.

Approximate Purchase Size: 1/2" to 1"

Customer Testimonials

Julian G New York , NY
This is a great addition to any tank. They have a nice coloration and are very hardy. They also like swimming together in groups. I have 7 of them.
Chris A Rio Rancho , NM
Hi.. had one for three years and he is still swimming; so I would say this is a great fish!
Joe M Newfairfield , CT
I just got 5 of these little guys and they are great!! They love to school witheach other and my balla sharks. I would rccomend these to anyone with a communeity tank.
Geoffrey H Redding , CA
What these fish lack in color they make up for in hardiness. Mine survived a couple episodes of disease, and lived to be over eight years old. Great community fish that gets along well with everything.
Dante E Buford , GA
I have two of these guys and they school with a Buenos Aires. One is 4" and one is 2". They are the most peaceful fish (out of a Swordtail and Lyertail). They are hardy too! They are the only fish that have lived to this point. So if you want a colorful, hardy fish, this is the one for you!
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