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A commonly sold aquarium fish. Suitable for begginers. These fish can
certianly be a stunner in a well planned tank and put on a dazzling
Listed tank sizes are the minimum
||Up to 1.75 inches (4.5cm)
||Min. Length 24 inches (at least 20 gallons for a small school)
||Will go everywhere but predominantly Lower to Middle level.
||6.0 - 7.5
||Soft to medium: dh range 2.0 - 18.0
||71°F to 82°F (22°-28° C)
Black Phantom Tetra
South America: From the Paraguay, Mamore and Guapore' river basins in
Brazil and Bolivia.
General Body Form:
Typical for most genera of Hyphessobrycon, the Black Phantom is approximately
teragonal in body shape.
Sexing & Colouration:
Males tend to be more pale and silver in color almost blending in with
the tank istself. Only when sparring or defending territory will they
change. Turning almost completely Black and enhancing it's eye patch.
It's dorsal and anal fins are black. The dorsal fin is higher then the
females with a slight bend at the tip. Eye patch for both genders are
black bordered with an irridescent border ranging from silver to a gold/green.
Females tend to be generally darker then their male counterparts when
not displaying. They too are marked with the irridescent eye patch.
They can be distinguished by their adipose, pelvic and anal fins which
are reddish in color and their body can turn to more of a copper color
when displaying. though nothing as dramatic as their male counterparts.
But still they are an eye catcher with that splash of red.
A densely planted tank with driftwood is ideal. With sand or small pebble
to larger river rock, best for a substrate that will not wash out it's
In the wild these will eat small crustaceans, worms and daphnia. In
the aquarium they will eat most anything offered to them. Such as, Daphnia,
freeze dried blood worms, Brine shrimp as well as flakes and granuals.
In my experience they will not snub algae wafers or shrimp wafers.
To stimulate the breeding behavior you will start off by using live
or frozen foods such as blood worms, daphnia and brine shrimp. Lowering
the pH to 5.0 - 5.6 will also stimulate the breeding behavior. Low light
and heavily planted are important. Black Phantom eggs are prone to fungus
so proper water care is a must, any eggs found with fungus should be
removed Black Phantom will scatter roughly 300 eggs. Parents should
be removed to prevent them from snacking on the eggs and fry.
I find these are a great community fish. They do get along with other
fish like tetras and Rasbora. They can be curious mine always check
out to see what my panda corys are doing, they have learned when the
pandas converge to one spot it means there is something tasty at the
bottom of the tank be it algae or shrimp wafers. Besides my Rasbora
these are hardy fish and would be great for any beginner. I have watched
many hours of their display dances. The males fanning out dorsal and
anal fins and cocking to the side to display the eye mark. Sometimes
they do come to blows but with nothing more then a possible torn fin
which quickly heals. They can get territorial with other fish but advancing
and quickly retreating with their fins fanned out is as far as it goes.