Congo Tetra

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Congo Tetra. Rainbow Eye Candy! (Phenacogrammus interruptus).


Auckland, New Zealand

Posted Nov 13, 2015

Beautiful Rainbow coloured Tetra variety. Larger body/full body fish that will grow up to 8.5cm, sometimes more. The Male fish have long trailing fins that are white/translucent in colour giving this Tetra a quality unlike many other tetra varieties. The female is predominantly golden brown/red, metallic in body colour with shorter, mainly translucent fins. The male body has flashy bright colours through the colours of the rainbow, golds, greens, reds and blues that have a metallic appearance as the fish moves through the water. Water: Temperatures best kept at 25-27.c in a slightly acid Ph range of between 6-7ph. They are comfortable as a school of 6 or more fish and will grow to full size in a short time. Best to keep even numbers of male and females together. Minimum tank size 200L for adult fish. The like a long tank rather than a tall tank. Furnish the tank with driftwood, and plant the tank with aquatic plants tied to driftwood or placed in the substrate. They do tend to pull plants out if hungry so best to make any new plants secure when planting. Use medium light levels and provide some areas for swimming. Mainly a middle zone tank dweller however will move around all areas of the tank. Tank mates: Avoid fin nipping species as the Congo tails are too good to resist. Smaller Tetra varieties are fine, Have kept them with young Angel fish, I removed the Angels once they were old enough to breed. Rams, and Corydoras, Kribensis, Bristlenose, all make good companion fish. Avoid smaller fish breeds, Guppies or small Rasbora varieties like Mosquito Rasbora may be eaten. The Congo will hunt down fry of any fish for food if it can fit in it’s mouth they will eat it. Feeding: Will accept Quality Tropical Fish flakes, brine shrimp, mealworms, bloodworms, sinking pellets, some veges, Spirulina flakes and pellets.

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