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Congo Tetra Phenacogrammus interruptus

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.  It likes 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.

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 Female, Phenacogrammus interruptus

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


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