Penguin Tetra - Thayeria boehlkei

Penguin Tetra - Thayeria boehlkei

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Scientific Name: Thayeria boehlkei

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How easy are they to care for?
Like other Tetra it is recommended they are introduced into a mature aquarium.

Approximate purchase size : 2.5 - 3cm
All Pond Solutions will always endeavour to supply as close to the approximate size range as possible. Due to variations from suppliers on rare occasions this may not always be possible. Images used are to show the full potential of the fish when fully mature and are not always representative of juvenile specimens.

How large can they grow?

Where in the world are they from?
This species is largely farm bred in the aquarium trade. However they originate from the upper Amazon basin in Peru and the Rio Araguaia in Brazil.

What is the ideal number to keep together?
Penguin Tetras are a shoaling species, and are best kept in large numbers. For best results we recommend keeping at least 6 in a shoal - the more the happier they will be.

What water conditions do they require?
Ideally slightly acidic water conditions are provided between 6.5pH - 7pH however they will happily live in conditions ranging up to pH of 7.5 or higher. Temperatures should range between 24-26°C.

What should you feed them?
Penguin Tetra should be fed a variety of flake, frozen, freeze dried and live foods for a varied diet. Being omnivores they will happily accept a wide range of foods.

How compatible are they with other fish?
Penguin Tetra are peaceful community fish and are generally accepeted by a wide range of tank mates. Please see the compatability chart below for more information.

Can they be bred in captivity?
Reportedly quite easy to breed with a little research. Females become much deeper bodied when carrying eggs and will happily breed in a shoal. Be careful to seperate adults from the eggs as they will eat them after spawning.