The Hockey Stick Tetra are pale to golden in color, and have a black vertical stripe. The black stripe extends down the bottom half of the tail, giving an appearance similar to a Hockey Stick.
The Hockey Stick Tetra are compatible with other soft water fish. Tetras are a schooling fish that work well in groups of six or more fish of the same species. Live plants, rocks and driftwood help to enhance its natural habitat and provide hiding spaces.
This species makes a superb addition to the heavily-planted aquarium or well-maintained community. A dark substrate is best, and consider the addition of some floating plants to provide the shady conditions preferred by the fish.
Alternatively, why not set up a jungle biotope-style tank? Use a substrate of river sand and add a few driftwood branches. Common beech is safe to use if thoroughly dried and stripped of bark) and twisted roots. A few handfuls of dried leaves (beech, oak or Ketapang almond leaves are suitable, and a mixture of all three looks really good) would complete the natural feel. Allow the wood and leaves to stain the water the colour of weak tea. A small net bag filled with aquarium-safe peat can be added to the filter to aid in the simulation of black water conditions. If you’re like us, you’ll just get hold of some real peat fibre and literally add a few handfuls to the tank. This will become completely soaked with water after a few days and sink to the bottom.
The Hockey Stick Tetra will accept many small foods. Brine shrimp or daphnia, freeze dried bloodworms and tubifex, micro pellet food are favorite.
Approximate Purchase Size: 3/4″ to 1-1/4″