Scientific name: Moenkhausia pitteri
A somewhat larger tetra, the Diamond Tetra reaches 2.5 inches and exhibits intense coloration when kept in a darkly aquascaped tank. It should also have adequate swimming room in the tank. The Diamond Tetra should be kept at a water temperature between 74º and 82º Fahrenheit with a pH between 5.5 and 7.5 and soft to moderately hard water.
Flake and freeze-dried foods supplemented with live brine shrimp fulfill its dietary needs. The Diamond Tetra has violet-hued scales with a fine scattering of green and gold that creates a pleasant sparkling effect.
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