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Congo Tetra

Congo Tetra - Color

Congo Tetra Phenacogrammus interruptus
Congo Tetra Male

The Congo Tetra originally came from the Congo Basin in Zaire, Africa. It has large scales that have an iridescent blue/green quality. Males have longer fins and more color. The Congo Tetra is very peaceful. A school of 6 is recommended. Cong Tetras liks the middle layers of the aquarium and prefers a large tank, open areas for swimming, plants for hiding and dim lighting. It likes mosquito larvae.

Congo Tetra Female, Phenacogrammus interruptus
Congo Tetra Female

Congo Tetra - Compatibility

The Congo Tetra is compatible with the Chinese Algae Eater, Corydoras Catfish, Large Tetras, Mollies, Platies, Plecostomus, Swordtails, Zebra Danio

Congo Tetra - Breeding

The Congo Tetra is difficult to breed. Lower the acidity, increase the amount of light and use a very large tank with a layer of Java Moss covering the bottom. The parents should be removed from the tank before the hundreds of fry begin to hatch.

Congo Tetra - Profile

  • Scientific Name: Phenacogrammus interruptus

  • Family: Characin

  • Temperature: 23 - 28 C; 74 - 82 F

  • pH: 6.6

  • Size: 7 cm; 2.5 inches

  • Life Span: 5 years

  • Breeding: Difficult, Egg Layer