|Distribution||Araguaia River basin, Brazil.|
|Sexual Dimorphism||Males are more colourful than the more rounded females.|
|Maximum Size||2cm (0.8”)|
|Water Parameters||Soft and acidic conditions are preferred. pH: <7.0, dH: <8 degrees.|
|Temperature||24-28 deg C (75-82 deg F)|
|Lighting||No special requirements|
A fairly recent addition to the aquarium hobby, the diminutive Ember tetra was discovered in 1987 and named in honour of Amanda Bleher, the mother of familiar fish collector Heiko Bleher. If it weren't for their bright orange colour they'd probably be called Amanda tetras.
Native to slow flowing waters with plentiful vegetation, this tiny tetra is perfect for small, planted aquaria where a shoal can take on a bright, burnished hue reminiscent of their rowdier cousins the Serpae tetra (Hyphessobrycon eques). Unlike them, these are model citizens and can be kept alongside a range of community species including shrimps. In the spartan surroundings of a stock tank, these fishes don’t always look their best but soon blossom when housed in a properly-furnished aquarium.