Hyphessobrycon megalopterus
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Hyphessobrycon megalopterus

Common Names: Black Phantom
Phantom Tetra
Synonyms: Megalamphodus megalopterus
Family: Characidae
Category: Characins
Distribution: America - South; Brazil, South America.
Main Ecosystem: River; River
Temperament: Schooling; Peaceful. Males will display territoral behaviour towards each other and may tear other males' fins. Excellent for community tanks.
Diet: Carnivore; Carnivore
Care: Feed with flakes or freeze dried tablets. Add some floating plants. Extremely Easy to keep.
6 - 7.5
22°C - 28°C
72°F - 82°F
12 dH - 18 dH
Potential Size: Male: 3.5cm (1.4")
Female: 3.5cm (1.4")
Water Region: Middle; Middle
Activity: Diurnal; Diurnal
Gender: Female has a red anal fin while the male has black and grey fins.
Breeding: Breeding relatively easy compared to other tetras, softer lighting, live food, and a pH of around 5.9 should stimulate spawning.
Comments: Pretty and easy to keep, the Black Phantom Tetra is highly recommended. Best kept in schools. See also the Red Phantom Tetra.
Main Colours: Black, Silver
Markings: Not Specified
Mouth: Normal
Tail: Concave
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Submitted By: Adam
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