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Black Phantom Tetra

Imported 

Black Phantom Tetra (Hyphessobrycon Megalopterus)

 Native Location: Paraguay, Brazil

Climate: Tropical

Maximum Size: 3.5 – 4.5cm (1.4 – 1.75 inches)

Temperament: Peaceful

Diet: Omnivore

Breeding: Easy

Temperature Range: 22 – 28℃ (72 – 82℉)

Preferred pH Range: 6.0 – 7.5

Minimum Aquarium Size: 38L (10 gallons)

Potential Tankmates: Gouramis, small and non-aggressive Cichlids, other Tetra

Care Level: Intermediate

 

Quiet and easy to care for, Back Phantom Tetra make a great addition to any tank for any level hobbyist.

 

Phantom Tetras are not picky eaters. But the problem with these fish is that you have to watch them and make sure they do not overeat. They need a diet high in dried commercial foods like nutrient-rich pellets and flake food. They will also love frozen or live foods as a treat. In the wild, Phantom Tetras are a part of large schools, so in a tank, they will need to be in a group of at least eight. They will also be compatible with many peaceful community fish species. Try pairing with other Tetras like Red Phantom Tetra for a striking visual. Living in the mid-section of the tank, they can share their home with peaceful bottom-dwellers.

 

It will not be unusual if a small hierarchy forms between males in an attempt to claim territories. So, you will either need a larger tank that can accommodate having multiple males or keep less of them in the school. It can be interesting to watch males quarrel at the edges of their turfs. Injuries are minor but the aggression can cause chronic stress. Phantom Tetras are an active species, who love to jump, so it is best to have a tight lid covering the whole aquarium. To mimic their natural habitat, try using a dark sand substrate. Include driftwood and smooth rocks for cover. As they are sensitive to poor water quality, you will need to perform frequent water changes.

 

Male Phantom Tetras have longer, black or edged black fins and a total lack of red colour. Their fins seem enlarged when compared to females. Female Phantom Tetras develop a reddish pelvic, anal and adipose fin. Their midbody is also fuller than males. For females, their colourings mean they get confused with other Tetra species. Set up a breeding tank with an ample number of floating plants and have dim lighting. Males engage in courtship fin displays. After the female has laid her eggs, you will need to remove adult fish from the tank.

All our fish are quarantined on arrival for two weeks. During this time, they are treated for any possible diseases and given a complete health check  to make sure they are health, happy and eating well before being placed in our display aquariums, ready for sale.

Dead on Arrival (DOA) Policy: In the unfortunate event that your fish arrives dead, please follow these steps: Within 12 hours of the delivery, take clear, unopened bag pictures showing the deceased fish. Send these photographs and your order number to our customer service email at getfish@thefishroom.co.nz or to our Facebook page and we will then offer a refund or store credit for the cost of the fish. 

Two-Week Guarantee Policy: We stand behind the health and quality of our fish, which is why we offer a two-week guarantee starting from the day of delivery. If your fish dies within this time frame, adhere to the following procedure: Take clear photos of the deceased fish. Using a reliable test kit, document via a dated photo, water parameters (pH, ammonia, nitrate, nitrite levels). Please email us the photographs, water parameters, and order number to getfish@thefishroom.co.nz or our Facebook page. After reviewing your claim, if approved, we will issue a store credit for the cost of the fish. Our two-week guarantee does not cover fish deaths due to unsuitable water conditions, incompatible tank mates or “disasters” i.e. a heater overheating. We recommend thoroughly researching each fish species' needs before introducing them to your aquarium to prevent such situations. 

 Freight Charges: Please note that shipping or freight charges are non-refundable under all circumstances. We hope this guide makes our refund and guarantee process more understandable. If you have any questions or need further clarification, please get in touch with us at getfish@thefishroom.co.nz. We are always happy to assist. Thank you for choosing The Fish Room. Happy fish keeping! 

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Bernard Batt
Great fish

These ten little guys arrived in perfect condition. Some of the best young Black Phantoms I have ever seen. I am incredibly happy and will be purchasing more fish from these guys in the future.

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