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Title Toucan Tetra

Sara Waller

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A brief description of the toucan tetra.


The toucan tetra (Tucanoichthys tucano) is a small fish native to Brazil.  Mature fish reach an adult size of  just over half an inch long.  Mature females usually have rounder bellies and are often a little larger than the slimmer, more colorful males.

The toucan tetra  should be maintained in an aquarium of 10 gallons or larger.  Smooth rocks, driftwood (ZM2000) and live or artificial plants may be used, as well as a sandy substrate (CS7538).  These fish look great in a heavily planted tank with a dark substrate and floating plants to diffuse some of the light.

The toucan tetra  prefers a water temperature of 68°F to 22°F, a pH of 4.0 to 6.5, and a hardness of 1 to 8°H.  Be sure water is clean and well oxygenated with a gentle flow.

The toucan tetra  is suitable for a peaceful community aquarium.  Good tank mates include ember tetras, small rasboras, pygmy cory catfish, otocinclus catfish, and other very small peaceful community fish.  Toucan tetras should be kept in groups of at least 8 to 10 individuals to promote shoaling behaviors and make these small fish more comfortable.


The toucan tetra  is easy to feed in the aquarium and will readily accept just about any appropriately sized food item such as flakes (AL165) and frozen reef plankton (SF8173).   For maximum color, growth, and health these fish will look their best when given probiotics (AL169) in addition to a balanced diet.


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