Scientific name: Hyphessobrycon megalopterus
Common name: Black phantom tetra
Max size: 3.6 cm / 1.4 inches
pH range: 6.0 – 7.5
dH range: 18
Temperature range: 22 – 28°C / 71.5 – 82.5°FThe Black phantom tetra is a sturdy tetra that can be successfully kept even by beginner aquarists Since it is peaceful and stays comparatively small, it is often found in community aquariums kept by novice aquarists.
Black phantom tetra habitat and range:The Black phantom tetra lives in Bolivia and Brazil on the South American continent In Bolivia, it is found in Río Beni and Río Mamore
Río Beni joins Río Mamore at the border between Bolivia and Brazil In Brazil, it has been recorded from the Río Guapore and it might also be present in the upper part of the Río Paraguay, before Río Paraguay enters the country Paraguay The Black phantom tetra is a benthopelagic species that needs tropical temperatures; from 22 to 28° C (71.5 to 82.5° F)
It natural habitat is densely grown and the Black phantom tetra will therefore appreciate a planted aquarium.
Black phantom tetra description: The largest scientifically measured wild Black phantom tetra was 3.6 centimetres (1.4 inches) in length, but aquarists have reported Black phantom tetras to reach a length of 4.5 centimetres (1.75 inches) in captivity.The male and female Black phantom tetras are very easy to distinguish from each other The female Black phantom tetra has red adipose, pectoral, and anal fins The male has a silvery or smoky gray colouration
The male is also equipped with a bigger dorsal fin Due to her reddish colouration, the female Black phantom tetra is sometimes confused with other tetra species, e.g the Serpae tetra
Both male and female Black phantom tetras have oval and laterally compressed bodies and are decorated with a big black patch behind the gills, in front of the dorsal fin The dorsal fins and the tail fin are gray where they attach to the main body, and will then gradually turn into a black colour The anal fin has a black edge.