Favorite Hyphessobrycon!

Hello again!
Today’s post will be back to fish, and specifically Characin, and even more specifically, Hyphessobrycon!

Hyphessobrycon are among one of the largest genus’ of the Characoid family. These relatively small sized South American Tetras come in a variety of shapes and colors, but among the huge variety of patters, colors, and shapes, I really only have a fancy for a few of them. For the ones that are pictured below, the males generally will have longer fins, and be more slender in shape, whereas the females are more plump and have much shorter fins.

My taste in fish usually has a good balance of two features in fish: color and finnage. My favorite genus of fish which have clear example species that fit this criteria for me is the genus Apistogramma. These are small fish, with beautiful finnage and amazing colors.

Nonetheless back to Hyphessobrycon for today!

Hyphessobrycon copelandi
These beauties may not have the most amazing colors, but their subtle red/violet (depending upon locality) colors are made up with their fantastic finnage, the males of this species have a tendency to spar quite a bit. In my opinion the white lining on the fins highlight their most beautiful feature.
Hyph. copelandi

Hyphessobrycon epicharis
This is a relatively larger Hyphessobrycon, the pair that I worked with, were 2 inches long and about and 1 1/2 inches tall. This one definitely fits the color and finnage departments well in my opinion, with red and yellow hues, and tall finnage. A bit more, mellow than the copelandi.
Hyph. epicharis

Hyphessobrycon takasei “Coffee bean tetra”
This again isn’t one of the more colorful species, but the one thing that catches my eye the most, is the large spots on either side of it’s body. Many Hyphessobrycon share this “spot” but the takasei, has one of the largest! It’s just an odd little quirk about this specific species that I have a fancy for.
Hyph. takasei

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LARGE Hygrophila

Hello all!
Today’s post will be about 2 of my favorite, but LARGE Hygrophila species.

The two I will write about today are “Bihar” and “Guinea”, as of this time I am unaware if there are species names to both of these plants, but they are both relatively new, appearing about 2 years ago. Both of these species can have a leaf span of up to about 6-8 inches from leaf tip across to the other leaf tip. Another defining characteristic that I like about these Hygros are that they have serrated edges on their leaves. Of course these are most definitely background bunch plants, and should be given a good amount of space to grow.

This is a fast growing asian type of Hygro, soft to the touch, and somewhat creeps, but usually just gets large and goes straight up. Prefers softer water, but is quite tolerant to a variety of water conditions. This one does not have serrated edges all the way up and down the edges of the leaves, as you can see it serrates in only parts of the edges of the leaves, quite interesting.

This is a slower growing West-African Hygro, which has a tough stalk, but soft leaves. Preferes soft and acidic water, but is a tough plant. This one on the other hand as serrated edges all the way up and down the leaf edges.

I hope you enjoyed this post about 2 of my favorite Hygrophila!
Have a good one guys!