Pictures of fish and fish in store may vary, these are just examples/fully grown fish
Penguin Tetras do best when kept in a community tank or in large groups in a species tank, this will bring out the best colouration in the fish and reduce any chance of fin nipping other tank mates as they are too busy squabbling with themselves. They should never be kept with larger species of fish or they will be seen as food and be predated on, they are fine with the small cichlids such as Apistogrammas or even rasboras. The Penguin Tetra has a unique way of swimming with its head tilted toward the surface of the water.
They are very adaptable to a wide range of water parameters making them ideal for novice fish keepers but the quality of the water should be kept as high as possible for long term health. They are ideal for a planted tank aquarium but as they are an active species, open swimming space must be allowed so keep the planting to the rear and sides of the aquarium, a specimen plant at the front of the tank should not impede them and hiding places will make them feel more secure.
It is recommended to feed any fish a mixed diet of live and dry food
Name: Penguin Tetra
Science Name: Thayeria boehlkei
Max Size: 2.5″
pH: 5.5 – 7.5
Temperature: 72-82F° (22-28°C)
Care Level: Easy
Life Expectancy: 5 Years
Minimum Tank Size Recommended: 15 Gallons
Groups: Recommended in groups 6+ / Thrives in groups 8+