Black Phantom Tetra

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Black Phantom Tetra -- Megalamphodus melanopterus See more Aquarium Fish Image Gallery.
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Scientific name: Megalamphodus melanopterus

The Black Phantom Tetra grows to two inches. It is a hardy species that does well in both small and large groups. A temperature in the range of 72º to 82º Fahrenheit, at a pH of 5.5 to 7.5, and water that is moderately soft to slightly hard are suitable for this species.


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All flake and freeze-dried foods are acceptable for the Black Phantom Tetra, but regular offerings of live brine shrimp should be included in its diet. Females are more brightly colored and have red fins. The males will sometimes visually threaten each other by facing off and spreading out their fins.

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