The flame tetra, or Von Rio tetra, is one of the most entrancing beauties of all freshwater aquarium fish, especially when it is sporting its full breeding colors. At one time, almost no community aquarium was complete without this fish. During the 1940s and 1950s, it was among the best sellers of all characin fish. One reason for its overwhelming popularity was its ability to survive in a wide temperature range. Before the days of affordable heating for the home aquarium, this went a long way towards making it the first choice as a first fish.
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