The Black Phantom Tetra (Hyphessobrycon megalopterus) is a beautiful tetra that is very popular among aquarists due to its elegant appearance and peaceful disposition. This fish boasts very attractive dark maroon/black cherry coloration and fin extension that make it immediately distinctive in any setting. A school of this fish can easily be the highlight in any peaceful community aquarium, and will particularly stand out in any planted aquarium.
The Black Phantom Tetra typically occupies the top and middle level of the water column, although it can often be seen swimming and feeding in the middle and bottom levels as well. It is safe to keep with other peaceful, small fish. This tetra has a small mouth, but it still might prey on small adult shrimp. Larger, peaceful invertebrates can also make good tankmates. The Black Phantom Tetra must be kept in schools of 6 or more. Since it is tank-raised, this fish is largely adaptable, but its natural habitat contains soft, acidic water rich in tannins and leaf litter. It requires very clean water to thrive and it will display optimal coloration and health in a planted aquarium, especially where floating plants are present.
While not a picky eater, the Black Phantom Tetra will thrive and remain very colorful on a varied diet of omnivorous foods. High-quality flake food, pellets, and frozen or freeze-dried meaty foods will all be readily accepted.
What We Like About This Fish:
- Beautiful coloration and fins
- Peaceful disposition with fish and peaceful invertebrates
- Very active and noticeable fish in any aquarium
- Ideal for planted aquariums
RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
Temperature: 68° - 82.4° F (20° - 28° C)
pH: 6.6 - 7.2 (more acidic water is preferred)
KH: 3 - 12 dKH
Minimum tank size: 15 gallons
Diet: Omnivorous. Will easily accept high quality dry and frozen foods.
Social behavior: Peaceful, schooling/shoaling.