Lemon Tetra Fish Care, Tank,Lifespan….Exclusive Guide 2021


Lemon tetra fish

Lemon tetra (Hyphessobrycon Pulcripennis) is a tropical freshwater fish belonging to the Characidae family.

The lemon tetra is found in the dense forest of the Amazon( South America) and can also be seen in the tapas river basin (Brazil).

Lemon tetra is an old species that was first introduced to the aquarium in 1930.


The lemon tetra is a beautiful and attractive fish; most of its body is semi-transparent; it is small fish.

If we talk about its color, then most of its body is a lemon color; that’s why it’s called lemon Tetra.

This color is deep to see apart from this, and yellow color can also be seen on their body.

And caudal fin looks transparent with lemon color on their causal Finn.

Black strips can also be seen on their upper body parts; you can easily see the red color on their eyes, and it will enhance the beauty of your aquarium.

Lemon tetra Lifespan 

The average lifespan of a lemon tater is about 6 years, but it has been seen that many Lemon tetras can live up to 8-9 or more.

The lifespan of the fish also depends on their habitat and the condition of their tank water feedings.

keep your fish in the proper water parameter and provide them with high-quality food then the chances of survival for more year will be increased

Lemon tetra size

Lemon tetra fish size

This is a small size fish of tetra species; the maximum size of a healthy lemon tetra can be up to 2 inches (5cm)

how fast do lemon taters grow?

Lemon tetra takes 8-9 months to get adult, and an adult lemon tetra lays around 250 to 300 eggs on the leaves or small plants.

After spawning, fry comes out in the next 48 to 72 hours. 

A lemon Tetra takes 8 to 9 months to develop (from hatching to adult) entirely, and after that stage, they mature like other adult tetras. 


Lemon tetra is a peaceful, calm, and hardy fish, but sometimes it’s common to see them with aggressions with other tankmates.

They are friendly and like to live with a school of fish, and there is no problem keeping them alone but,

Some aquarist says that they feel insecure and stressed while they alone.

And other, if you keep them with the group, they perform well in a group.

Tank setup 

The first and primary task would be to set up a tank, and trust me, that will be very easy for you, 

It is an essential requirement for everyone to provide them good habits and water conditions in the aquarium

  • Tank size for lemon tetra? 

If you’re thinking of keeping them with a 5-6 fish group, you need to set up at least a 15-20 gallons tank.

Although the lemon tetras are smaller fish and active, playful fish, they need some space to swim.

Considering long life or natural color creates a good environment tank for the lemon tetra fish. 

  • Tank decorations for lemon tetra!! 
Lemon tetra photo

Now, choose a separate tank for them, and there is no issue with the decoration of their tank.

In the wild, they used to live in a dense (plant/leaves) atmosphere. 

It is better to try to create a similar atmosphere in the tank. 

In the first step, you have to create a layer of sand substrate (or smaller size of the stone) in the bottom of the aquarium. 

After this, add some roots, driftwood over the layer of sand, and add some small dense plants, floating plants, and twisting branches that will make your aquarium look beautiful and attractive. 

  • Lighting and filtering 

They prefer to swim well in dim light, so make sure to decorate your aquarium with dim light. 

Use filters to maintain moderate water quality in the tank. 

Here, finally, make sure to leave enough space in your aquarium for the fish, and they can live freely, happily. 

Tankmates for lemon tetra 

Lemon tetra is a collective fish and likes to be in a school of other fish. 

It is a peaceful, friendly fish that likes to live in a group of little spices or other tetra fish. 

The best tankmates for lemon tetra are :-

Cory catfish


Smaller types of rasbora

Dwarf Cichlids 

Otocinclus catfish 

Small danios

Rummy nose tetras 

Black neon tetra 

Ember tetra

Green fire tetra

Flame tetra or more tetras. 

Water parameters 

Lemon tetra

They prefer to live in tropical freshwater; for any fish, water plays an important role to maintaining the health of the fish. 

If you don’t take care of your aquarium water, it will be harmful to the health of your fish. 

Which can cause diseases and spoils the natural color of your fish’s body

  • Water temperature for lemon tetra? 
  • Water temperature should be maintained between 72° to 82° F
  • Hardness 5.5 – 7.5 dGH

Lemon tetra Feedings 

If we look at the food of lemon tetra, it is an omnivore creature you can give them any fish food,

But, for a balanced or healthy life for maintaining their natural color, you should give them the appropriate quality of food. 

You can feed them brine shrimp, bloodworms, live fresh foods, foods.

Instead of all these, you can give them daphnia and mosquito larvae. 

You can feed them two to three times a day.


The price of lemon tetra depends on your local area and fish stores; you can buy them for around $3-$4 easily,

But the lemon tetra is a group fish that like to live with at least six or more. 

Better to buy them with a school of at least six or more it will cost you anywhere from 18-25 dollars. 

Breeding tank setup
For Breeding lemon tetra, you need to set up a separate tank which makes the breeding process easier.

Use at least 10 gallons of the tank and set up the tank in dim light, as we mentioned before, they feel free in dim light.

Also; make sure that you add plenty of small plants and leaves into the aquarium so the female can lay eggs on their leaves.

Proper water conditions are necessary for the breeding process.
And now,

Water temperature between 75° to 79° F (during breeding time).
Water PH level between 6.5-7 (during breeding time).

Lemon tetra Breeding process

For the breeding process of lemon Tetra adds some male or female into the breeding tank you prepared before.

A preferred ratio of male or female ( Male: female 1:2)

Before 5-6 days of the breeding process, feed them plenty of live foods.

The female lays around 200-300 eggs, and the female fertilizes them.

After this, make sure to remove both males of females from the breeding tank as they’re omnivorous, and they can eat their eggs or fry themselves.

And after 2-3 days, the infant comes out but does not feed them before swimming freely.

after they start swimming, you can feed them small and soft foods.

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