Species group: Tetras
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Scientific name: Phenacogrammus interruptus
The Congo Tetra is a schooling fish which is native to the Congo River basin in central Africa. The Congo Tetra is a livebearer, and inhabits waterways which have lots of floating vegetation and driftwood. They are omnivorous, and feed on insects, crustaceans, algae and zooplankton. Phenacogrammus interruptus is a popular community aquarium fish, and does well in planted tanks when kept in groups of six or more.
Males are distinguished by their bright, rainbow coloration and long caudal and dorsal fins.
Congo Tetras are shy and peaceful, and should not be kept with fish species which tend to nip fins, as the male Congo Tetra has long dorsal fins. Fish that should be compatible with Congo Tetras include other tetras, rainbowfish, Corydoras and some peaceful cichlids.
shoal, nonaggressive community tank, iridescent bodies, schooling fish, large silver scales, focal point
live food, voracious appetite
spectacular metallic colouration, light shimmers, slightly acidic water, yellow stripe
Cold water causes parasite problems
Chilodonella is known to infest fish that are exposed to temperature dips. Reduce the chances of this parasite attacking your fish by using a high-quality aquarium heater. A stable water temperature will keep the fish's immune system working and fighting off Chilodonella infestations..
From James 571 days ago