Black Skirt Tetra Profile

Black Skirt Tetras

Common name: Serpae Tetra

Scientific name: Gymnocorymbus ternetzi

Type of fish: Tetra

Origin: South America

Level of difficulty: Beginner

Max size: 2.5 inches

Growth Rate: These fish are usually adult-size when they are sold.

Minimum tank size: 10 gallons for one, 20 gallons for a school

Diet: omnivore

pH: 6-7

Hardiness: Moderately Hardy

Aggressiveness: Peaceful

Tankmates: tetras, livebearers, barbs, peaceful dwarf cichlids, danios, Corydoras catfishes, they can be used as dithers for medium-sized American cichlids

Sexing: Hard to tell

Notes: Like all tetras, Black Skirt Tetras should be kept in a school of 5 or more. Not only does this make them look more visually appealing, but it also minimizes stress for these fish. Black Skirt Tetras come in many color varieties such as a white morph. Furthermore, these fish have been made into Glofish by inserting jellyfish genes into the fish's DNA which gives them a bright, fluorescant color.