Acquired: Fish / pet store
Posted Oct 22, 2014
Congo tetras are a relatively large tetra with large lacy fins. They are pearlescent with blue and orange, large eyes and longer fins. The male is larger and more colourful than the female. They can grow up to about 8cm long.
These were a favourite with visitors, who used to admire them.
Congo tetras are very visible and active, and are compatible with a wide range of other fish. I found these fish to be quite hardy, and only lost one of five when there was a power outage and the temperature dropped. I never had any other health problems with these fish, which I owned for about 3 or four years before passing them on to a new owner.
The only issue that I did have was that the congos would nip and nibble at other fishes' fins, and could cause damage. They nibbled away at my poor betta fish until I isolated him so that his poor tattered fins could recover.
Congo tetras are a schooling fish so will be happiest with a few friends. They love to eat bloodworms and brine shrimp, but will also eat flake food.
A beautiful community fish that will be the star of your large aquarium!