Black Phantom Tetra
This is one of the most intriguing tropical fish because of its ability to change
color. The Black Phantom Tetra originally came from Brazil and
Bolivia. It has a transparent silver gray body with a black spot behind
its gills. The pelvic, anal,
and adipose fins are tipped in reddish color, especially for the female. The Black
Phantom Tetra is very similar to the Red Phantom.
It is not the same as the Black Skirt Tetra.
The Black Phantom is a very timid fish and likes hiding places in the mid levels of an aquarium.
Males can change color to almost completely black on a regular basis. This can
occur throughout the day, but is more common in the evening. It is usually
associated with defending a territory against another male. The males
intertwine and tilt their bodies toward each other in a display reminiscent of
spawning. Black Phantoms should be kept in schools of 6 to 10. A single
Black Phantom kept in a tank will lose its distinctive coloring. They will eat food flakes,
spirulina, freeze-dried bloodworms and live foods, such as brine shrimp and bloodworms. A
healthy diet is essential in bringing out full coloring.
Black Phantom Tetras spawn among plants and hundreds of eggs will attach to
the plants. Soft water is essential and the parents should be removed
after spawning. The fry should be fed brine shrimp.
||23 - 26
C; 74 - 79 F
||5 cm; 2 inches
||Normal, Egg Layer
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