Congo Tetra Tropical Fish Information

Phenacogrammus interruptus
Congo Tetra
Behaviour Peaceful, active shoaling fish
Typical size 6cm
Max size 8cm
Tank Area Middle, top
Min Tank Size 90cm
Min Number 5
Temp Min: 22℃ Max: 26℃
Feeding Flake, frozen, live foods
pH Range 6-8.5
Hardness vs,s,m,h,vh
Congo Tetra Phenacogrammus interruptus
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Congo Tetra (Phenacogrammus interruptus)

Congo Tetra Tropical Fish Learn all about the Congo Tetra's feeding habits and food types, its behaviour, its origins, its natural habitats, is it male or female, breeding advice and information, suitable tank mates, its sizing and growth range, minimum tank size, water PH and more. Use our fish community creator tool to plan your tank set up and ensure that the Congo Tetra is the right fish for your aquarium.

The Congo Tetra has been a popular fish for many years and it is an excellent addition to a community of medium sized peaceful fishes. The Congo Tetra is a shoaling fish and will only do well and look its best if it is kept in groups in medium to large aquaria. The fish has no specific requirements and although it is quite happy in harder water, over the longer term it is best kept in soft-medium water. Good water quality and low nitrates are also required for continual good health. Open swimming spaces are preferred whilst as the fish can be a little timid and easily spooked, hiding spots are recommended.

Family Alestiidae (African tetras) | Synonyms Micralestes interruptus, Hemigrammalestes interruptus, Alestopetersius interruptus, Petersius codalus | Origin Africa; Congo/Zaire | Breeding Spawns in shallows | Natural Water Conditions pH 6-8, Very soft to hard | Natural Habitat Open waters shaded by vegetation | Sexing Males are larger, brighter coloured and sport longer finnage

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