Common Name: Black Skirt Tetra
Latin Name: Gymnocorymbus ternetzi
Origin: South America
Temperature: 68-80 F
Ease Of Keeping: Easy
Lighting: Not critical
Adult Size: 1.5-2 inches
Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons
Feeding: Flake, live, frozen
Spawning Method: Egg Scatterer
Extra: As with most Tetras they are happiest in groups of 6 or more or small schools. Black Skirt Tetras are commonly known as Black Tetras and Black Widow Tetras. The Black skirt tetra has many color variations most notable are the painted varieties of blues and pinks witch are most likely artificially dyed Albino Black Tetras and should be avoided.
Breeding: Breeding the Black Skirt Tetra is easy. Place in a well planted breeding tank and condition with brine shrimp, bloodworms or the like. The Black Skirt Tetra is and egg scatterer but prefers to lay eggs in small “Clumps” in plants with fine leaves. The fry which hatch in about 24 hours and should be fed brine shrimp, finely ground flake food , or egg yolk.
Gender Differences: The females of the Black Skirt Tetra are plumper and have an anal fin parallel to the second black stripe on the body. The males are slimmer and smaller than the females and have a more defined anal fin. In rare cases males may have white spots on the caudal fin.
Temperament: Peaceful but as with most Tetras will nip the fins of any slow moving , long finned fish such as a Betta splendens.Good tank mates for Black Skirt Tetras are other Black Skirt Tetras or any other Tetra of similar size and temperament.
They do get along with Oto cats.
Comments: These fish are really good starter fish, especially for new aquarists. Some of the allbinos are artificially colored, but usually not by dying but by feeding them colored foods. Still, do not purchase these fish because then you are supporting a cruel practice.