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Characins - Tetra - Black phantom tetra
(Hyphessobrycon megalopterus - )

Black phantom tetra (Hyphessobrycon megalopterus) > Quick Stats
Scientific Name: Hyphessobrycon megalopterus
Origin: Brazil and Bolivia
Adult Size: 1.75
Social: Community
Lifespan: 5 Years
Tank Level: Smaller
Diet: Small crustaceans, insects, and worms
Breeding: Easy
Care: Easy
pH: Slightly Acid (6.6)
Temperature: Range: 72-82 F
Availability: Easy


Diet/Food & Feeding Habits

    H. megalopterus is one of the more popular tetras sold in the aquarium trade. A long-finned variety, apparently developed by captive breeders, is sometimes sold (the male has elongated dorsal and anal fins even in the wild form).

Compatibility/Tankmates:

    Easy going, males are territorial and defend their space against their neighbors by presenting themselves in profile with the dorsal and anal fins fully extended, and the dark color intensified, making the edging of the body patch stand out prominently

Sexing:

    The male's fins are black, as is the female's dorsal fin; the female's pelvic, anal, and adipose fins are reddish in color.

Breeding/Spawning:

    The Black Phantom Tetras are egg layers and very easy to breed. The eggs are very susceptible to fungus, however, and so should have very little light.

Coloration/Fins:

    This fish is of roughly tetragonal shape, light grey in coloring, with a black patch, surrounded by iridescent silver edging, posterior of the gills on each side.

Habitat/Care/Maintenance:

    These tetras are beautiful, and in my experiene much less picky than others. Will apdapt easily to many healthy foods and peacful spececies. Many see them as dull, but with adequate lighting, they sparkle. For best overall appearence, keep with contrasting foliage such as the Java Fern.

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References/Further Reading

Berra, T. M. 2001. Freshwater Fish Distribution. Academic Press. San Diego, CA
Gery, J. 1977 Characoids of the World. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, NJ. 672 pp.
Hubbs, C. L. and K. F. Lagler. 1947 (and other editions). Fishes of the Great Lakes Region. Cranbrook Institute of Science, Bulletin No. 26.
Moyle, P.B. and J. J. Cech, Jr. 2000. Fishes: An Introduction To Ichthyology, 4th Edition. Prentice Hall, New Jersey.
Myers, G.S. 1972 The Piranha Book: an account of the ill-famed piranha fishes of the rivers of tropical South America. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, NJ. 128 pp.
Nelson, J. S. 1994. Fishes of the World, 3rd edition. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York, New York.
Page, L. M. and B. M. Burr. 1991. Peterson Field Guides: Freshwater Fishes. Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, Mass.
Paxton, J. R. and W. N. Eschmeyer. 1998. Encyclopedia of Fishes. Academic Press, San Diego, CA.
Shulte, W. 1988 Piranhas in the Aquarium. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, NJ. 128 pp.