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Ok, so the other day I noticed a new addition at my LFS and I was baffled by it. It looks like a tetra type of fish (based on the shape of the eyes, mouth and head) but is larger than the largest tetra I have ever seen, each around 4-5 cm, some even larger. Body was silver, slight orange tint at the tips of fins.

Pics are provided below. I did not bother circling since I am sure you can understand which fish I am talking about right away.

Water Azure Fin Fluid Organism


Water Blue Green Azure Liquid


Water Nature Azure Natural environment Fin


Water Green Fluid Organism Fin


Water Liquid Fin Window Fluid


Photograph Green Azure Organism Water


What are they, what would be suitable tank mates for them, are they similar to tetras wrt to breeding in the tank (i.e. none to very hard to achieve)?
 

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They do look like lemon tetras.
Treat them like large tetras... I don't think they're particularly mean or anything.
Some tetras get bigger than you'd think... Pretty sure they're in the same family as pirhana.
The last statement of this response is a little misleading. Comparing a lemon tetra to a piranha and the OP will be flushing them within minutes.

I have 10 lemon tetras in a 30 gallon tank with ottos, a big cichlid and snails. Lemons are amongst my favorite tetras, they are big and bold enough to stand up to a big cichlid, yet docile enough not to pick on smaller tankmates. They are very lively and their health is incredibly easy to monitor. Their eyes are bright red and so when something is off in the water, their eyes give it all away before any medication is necessary. They stay bright yellow with correct maintenance. Many times in the store they look dull and boring but under good lighting with proper water maintenance they are beautiful. Plus the males do a weird swim vertical thing when trying to be humble toward the females...mine do it all morning long!
 

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Definitely not a lemon tetra...Looks to be some type of emperor tetra. Piranhas are in the same family as tetras as they are all Characins, and all tetras have teeth, and all have an extra little fin just before the tail fin, on their back....adipose fin I believe. Anyways, any tetras can be nippy but the best way to regulate this, is to keep them in larger groups. They will keep to themselves and play with each other. This species will probably max out at around 3.25" if that. If you like them, try them, but I try not to have less than 6 of each species of tetra in a tank. What were they labeled?

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Definitely not a lemon tetra...Looks to be some type of emperor tetra. Piranhas are in the same family as tetras as they are all Characins, and all tetras have teeth, and all have an extra little fin just before the tail fin, on their back....adipose fin I believe. Anyways, any tetras can be nippy but the best way to regulate this, is to keep them in larger groups. They will keep to themselves and play with each other. This species will probably max out at around 3.25" if that. If you like them, try them, but I try not to have less than 6 of each species of tetra in a tank. What were they labeled?

Adam
Hello adam,

Thanks for your reply. They were not labelled and looking at some emperor tetra pictures (not sure if there are more than one type though), it doesn't seem to be the case.
 

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You may want to contact the LFS and ask what they came in as on their stocking list. I've had that happen. See a fish i'm not sure about, not labeled, and come to find out they dont ever really get that species and all they had was a scientific name and didnt post it with the fish. Laziness to look up the common name? Don't wanna post the scientific for fear people wont care/know what it is anyway?? Who knows, but may be worth a shot!

Happened to me the first time I saw/purchased Danio tinwini. Just labeled new danio species, nothing else and i had never seen them before. Bought them and I called back and they gave me the scientific name, never asked why they werent labeled that though.
 

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You may want to contact the LFS and ask what they came in as on their stocking list. I've had that happen. See a fish i'm not sure about, not labeled, and come to find out they dont ever really get that species and all they had was a scientific name and didnt post it with the fish. Laziness to look up the common name? Don't wanna post the scientific for fear people wont care/know what it is anyway?? Who knows, but may be worth a shot!

Happened to me the first time I saw/purchased Danio tinwini. Just labeled new danio species, nothing else and i had never seen them before. Bought them and I called back and they gave me the scientific name, never asked why they werent labeled that though.
I asked. They didn't get any. Apparently, he went to his supplier and found them attractive so got them.
 
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