Raccoon Tetra – Very Rare! - (Hyphessobrycon Procyon)

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Imported from our partners in the Czech Republic, these extremely rare Raccoon Tetras (Hyphessobrycon procyon) are sought-after freshwater fish known for their vibrant colors and peaceful demeanor, making them coveted among aquarium enthusiasts. Native to South America, these tetras thrive in densely vegetated streams and rivers, and replicating their natural habitat is key to successfully keeping them in aquariums. The specimens currently on hand are not fully grown, each one measuring at almost one inch long each. Within 3 to 4 months of care and regular feeding, they will reach adulthood and will explode with colors you've never seen before!

When setting up an aquarium for Raccoon Tetras, it's essential to provide plenty of plants and driftwood for hiding places and exploration. Dense vegetation not only mimics their natural environment but also helps create territories and reduce stress among the fish. Opt for soft, slightly acidic to neutral water with a pH range of 6.0 to 7.5 and a temperature between 72°F to 78°F (22°C to 26°C) to ensure their optimal health and well-being.

Maintaining stable water conditions is crucial for the health of Raccoon Tetras. Regular water changes and proper filtration are necessary to keep ammonia and nitrite levels in check. These tetras are relatively hardy but can become stressed in fluctuating or poor water conditions, leading to susceptibility to diseases and other health issues.

In terms of diet, Raccoon Tetras are omnivores and accept a varied diet. Offer them high-quality flake foods, pellets, and occasional live or frozen foods like brine shrimp and especially daphnia to ensure they receive proper nutrition. Feeding them a diverse diet helps mimic their natural foraging behavior and promotes their overall health and vitality.

Raccoon Tetras are peaceful schooling fish and should be kept in groups of six or more individuals. This not only allows them to exhibit their natural schooling behavior but also helps reduce stress and aggression within the group. They are best housed with similarly peaceful species to avoid conflicts and ensure a harmonious community tank.

Breeding Raccoon Tetras in captivity is possible with the right conditions. Provide them with a well-conditioned breeding tank with slightly acidic water and plenty of fine-leaved plants for egg deposition. They are egg scatterers, and the parents do not provide any care for the eggs or fry. Separating the adult fish after spawning can help protect the eggs from being eaten.

Raccoon Tetras are captivating and peaceful fish that can thrive in well-maintained aquariums. By replicating their natural habitat, providing a balanced diet, and keeping them in compatible groups, aquarists can enjoy the beauty and tranquility these tetras bring to their aquatic setups. With proper care and attention, Raccoon Tetras can be a delightful addition to any community aquarium. These fish do not ship individually bagged.

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