Congo Tetra (Phenacogrammus Interruptus)
The Congo Tetra is an elegant and colorful freshwater fish native to the Congo River Basin in Africa. Known for their striking appearance and peaceful nature, these fish are a popular choice for community aquariums, particularly those with a focus on African biotopes.
Congo Tetras have a torpedo-shaped body that can reach up to 3.5 inches in length. Males display a shimmering, iridescent blue-green body with orange accents on their fins and a flowing, lyre-shaped caudal fin. Females have a more subdued coloration and lack the long, flowing fins of the males.
Congo Tetras are peaceful, social fish that enjoy the company of their own kind. They are schooling fish and should be kept in groups of at least 6 to promote their well-being and natural behavior. They are generally non-aggressive and make good tank mates for a variety of similarly-sized, peaceful fish.
Tank Habitat and Care:
Congo Tetras thrive in a well-planted aquarium of at least 30 gallons, with plenty of hiding spots and open swimming space. They prefer a sandy or fine gravel substrate and appreciate the addition of driftwood and rocks in their environment. Water parameters should be maintained at a pH of 6.0-7.5, a hardness of 4-18 dGH, and a temperature of 75-82°F.
Congo Tetras are omnivorous and require a balanced diet for optimal health. They should be fed high-quality flake food, small pellets, and a mix of frozen or live foods such as brine shrimp, daphnia, and bloodworms.
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