Acquired: Worked with fish (didn’t own)
Posted Apr 03, 2014
Black phantom tetras are one of my favorite tetras because of their beautiful coloration and peaceful temperament. The females and males look similar but they can often be confused of as different species. The female will have a light silvery body with red fins and the males has a darker body and has a higher dorsal fin. May people may think they’re dull because of their subdued coloration compared to their cousin the Neon Tetra. However, they make up for the lack of intensity in their coloration by having very social behavior when they’re in groups.
Black phantoms can be aggressive to other fish when they’re kept in small groups, that’s why it’s important to keep a school of about 8 or 10. They thrive in aquariums with subdued lighting and have lots of plants and driftwood. They prefer a lower pH so driftwood can help lower the pH in the water slowly.
These fish are magnificent when seen in a large school. They are easy to care for, will eat any time of food, and will get along with other tetras and peaceful fish in your aquarium.