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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.

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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