Black Phantom Tetra
Behaviour Peaceful, occasional squabbles within groups, may fin-nip
Typical size 3cm
Max size 4cm
Tank Area Middle
Min Tank Size 60cm
Min Number 5
Temp Min: 22℃ Max: 28℃
Feeding Flake, frozen, live foods
pH Range 5.5-7.5
Hardness vs,s,m,h
Black Phantom Tetra Hyphessobrycon megalopterus
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Black Phantom Tetra

Hyphessobrycon megalopterus

The Black Phantom Tetra is proof of the saying 'small is beautiful'. This stunning little fish is ideal for a heavily planted aquarium, where it will appreciate the shade under the leaves. Alternatively, floating plants can be used to provide shade. If kept in bright, open aquariums it will become timid and show reduced colour. The Black Phantom Tetra is very peaceful although males will often fight but this is normal and damage is rarely done. Long finned fish such as male guppies or Siamese fighters may be nipped. When young the fish will group together but will separate as they age.

Family Characidae (Characins) | Synonyms Megalamphodus megalopterus | Other names Phantom Tetra | Origin South America; Guapore and upper Paraguay River basins | Breeding Egg scatterer, spawning follows a courtship ritual. Requires soft, acidic water | Natural Water Conditions pH 6.5-7 soft to medium | Natural Habitat Streams, normally covered by floating plants | Sexing Males have a larger dorsal fin and develop a more solid black on the fins. Females are arguably better coloured with hints of red on the fins.

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