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Black Phantom Tetra
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Black Phantom Tetra (Megalamphodus megalopterus)

Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Black
Diet Omnivore
Water Conditions 72-82° F, KH 4-8, pH 6.0-7.5
Max. Size 2"
Origin Central Brazil
Family Characidae
Minimum Tank Size 10 gallons
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The Black Phantom Tetra is a very peaceful, schooling fish that comes from the regions of Central Brazil. Receiving its name from its black translucent coloring, the hardy Black Phantom Tetra is great for any community aquarium. Males of the species will have a higher dorsal fin, and display a more brilliant coloration.

Hiding spaces such as rocks, plants, and driftwood are recommended to give this fish a sense of security. Taller plants should be used to coincide with its mid-level swimming habits along with plenty of rock formed cave structures.

Phantom Tetras will breed occasionally in an aquarium setting and a hospital or "breeding tank" will be necessary. Slightly acidic water is best for optimal breeding habits. After the eggs have been fertilized, removing the parents will be necessary to reduce the number of lost fry. Feed the fry baby brine shrimp or crushed flake food.

The Black Phantom Tetra will accept many small foods such as brine shrimp or daphnia, freeze-dried bloodworms and tubifex, micro pellet food, and a high quality flake food.

Approximate Purchase Size: 1/2" to 1-1/4"

Customer Testimonials

Zane Kirby Centralia , WA
One of the cutest little Tetras I've seen. Good solid color and pretty hardy.
Nora Frank Bryn Mawr , PA
My husband and I acquired an aquarium about a month and a half ago. The first group of fish we acquired were Rasboras. The second group of fish were Black Phantom Tetras. They're incredibly beautiful fish. I could watch them for hours on end. They remind me of horses that have grey bodies with black manes and tails - stunning. We're planning to get more Black Phantom Tetras soon.
Michale Kennedy Culpeper , VA
It's a great fish to first introduce to your aquarium community. Mix it with ghost shrimp and maybe glass catfish, and you'll have a ghost community! If you can mix the glass catfish... I just got a 10 gallon... I recommend them.
Dante Edwards Buford , GA
Amazingly active as well as hardy. Beautiful, beautiful fish.
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