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Megalomphodus megalopterus
Black Phantom Tetra
Eigenmann, 1915

Megalomphodus megalopterus - Black Phantom Tetra - An aquarium favourite, <I>Megalomphodus megalopterus</I> is most at home in a planted Amazon-style tank
An aquarium favourite, Megalomphodus megalopterus is most at home in a planted Amazon-style tank
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(Other members of the genus Megalomphodus)

ADULT SIZE: 5 cm

WATER CONDITIONS: Not critical

TEMPERATURE RANGE: 22-28 C

FOOD: Feed Megalomphodus megalopterus live and dried foods. Black Phantom tetras relish live foods. When possible offer frozen bloodworm, Daphnia, Artemia etc.

DISTRIBUTION: This species comes from Brazil

SEXUAL DIFFERENCES: Although patterning is broadly similar, males tend to have fuller fins, particularly a longer dorsal fin. Females have some redness in their fins and (to a lesser extent) body, whilst males are more silver. As with many species of fish, females also tend to be somewhat fuller bodied.

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AQUARIUM CARE: This tough and easy to keep tetra is an aquarium favourite, and this is no surprise, as it thrives in almost any water conditions (but preferably softer), and over a broad temperature range. It is peaceful enough, and like other tetras, should be kept in a shoal of at least 6-8 individuals.

A good community species, but most at home in an Amazon-style set up; lushly planted with open areas for swimming, and partially shaded with floating plants.

BREEDING: In order to breed this species, the water shoft be softer and more acidic. This can be achieved by the addition of peat to a filter, or by topping up a tank over a period of days with reverse osmosis water. A typical egg scatterer that is best spawned in a separate breeding tank over marbles.

Have you bred Megalomphodus megalopterus? Why not fill in a breeding questionaire?, or examine existing Megalomphodus megalopterus breeding reports








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Fishkeeping Facts and Tips

What fish are good community fish? There is no absolute answer to this, but in general a community tank should contain only species that will tolerate each others behaviour, are approximately the same size, eat the same foods, and accept the same water conditions. Hardy tank bred fish that have adapted somewhat to local water conditions, and have no special dietary requirements usually make good candidates


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