After several years we finally were able again to import this very beautiful tetra from Colombia once more. This species attains usually a length of about 5 cm, the largest one reported had about 8 cm in length. In respect of the general look and the behaviour Pseudochalceus kyburzi can be best compared with the emperor tetras (Nematobrycon). By the way: the species name – kyburzi – was chosen to honour the discoverer of the emperor tetra, William A. Kyburz of Colombia, at the time a famous exporter of ornamental fish.
We have received some fully grown animals in the current import. The large male, which serves as model here, measures a stately 6.5 cm. Among themselves these fish are always out for quarrels. If you look into the mouth of the big male, you know why the fins of most of the specimens make a slightly disheveled impression, very similar to what you know from many blood tetras: there is an impressive battery of teeth! But a plenty of food keeps damage within limits and the fins heal quickly.
For our customers: the fish has code 283802 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer