Red Phantom Tetra Care Sheet

Red Phantom TetraAquarium Fish Care
SizeUp to 1 ½ inches or 4 cm
OriginSouth America
Natural habitatStreams and tributaries to main rivers
Fish HardinessRelatively easy to keep
Water Temperature68 – 79 ºF or 20 - 26 ºC
Water pH5.5 – 7.5 pH
Water Hardness5 - 20 dH
StrataMostly middle
Peaceful or AggressivePeaceful
Number of same species in one aquariumSix or more, more is much better, one male to one female
Minimum tank size15 gallons or 55 liters for every group of six fish
Community FishYes
Compatible withOther smaller, peaceful Tetras, Danios and Rasboras. Also Gouramis and Dwarf Cichlids, Cory Cats, Plecos and Loaches. Any peaceful fish
SexesMature males develop a longer dorsal fin than females. Females have fuller bodies
FoodOmnivorous – feed a staple diet of flake food. For best coloration supplement their diet with live or frozen daphnia, blood worms or brine shrimp
BreedingNot very easy to breed
Breeding temperature73.5 – 79 °F or 23- 26 °C
Other namesRed Phantom, Swegles's Tetra
Scientific nameHyphessobrycon sweglesi
Other Scientific namesMegalamphodus sweglesi
LifespanUp to 5 years

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