Red Phantom Tetra – Hyphessobrycon sweglesi

Hyphessobrycon sweglesi, formerly known as Megalamphodus sweglisi is a species that lives in the Orinoco River drainage basin in South America. 

They are small and peaceful but very lively fish, that thrives in large shoals. I keep a shoal in one of my tanks, and they breed at a regular basis. No fry seems to survive though, maybe because they are eaten by the adults or by a pack of Bronze Corydoras that share the same tank.

The Red Phantom tetra has round black spots behind the gill-plate, a black band on the dorsal fin that is bordered above and below by creamy-white. The other fins are red same as the upper rim of the eye. Just a wonderful fish to watch in a planted tank. 

The males show off by dancing with all fins widespread and glowing.

These fish will eat most anything: worms, small insects, and crustaceans. They will accept most kinds of flakes, frozen or freeze dried food as well. Live food, or at least frozen, is essential for conditioning these fish for breeding though.

In my fish room they swim in rainwater – with a bit of baking soda to add some calcium. PH is around 6 and DH 2-5.

I will make a setup for breeding of the Red Phantom Tetra and make a films of that later on – so stay tuned.

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