Species group: Tetras
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Scientific name: Hyphessobrycon sweglesi
Red Phantom Tetra are peaceful, shoaling, freshwater fish which are native to the Orinoco River drainage basin in South America. The species' scientific name used to be Megalamphodus sweglesi. They are omnivorous and will appreciate flakes, as well as live or freeze-dried food.
The Red Phantom Tetra has a round black spot behind the gill-plate, a black band on the dorsal fin that is bordered above and below by creamy-white. The other fins are red same as the upper rim of the eye.
Red Phantom Tetras are best kept in schools of at least 6 to keep them from harassing tankmates. They are considered semi-aggressive and will not do well with small and peaceful fishes.
Red Phantom Tetra do best in schools of half a dozen or more; therefore, they require a spacious tank, of at least 20 gallons. The aquarium should be well planted and moderately lit.
red coloration, peaceful community fish, Stunning shoaling fish, reasonably experienced aquarist
nippy, larger tank mates, rival males
wellmaintained planted tanks
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 394 days ago