Congo Tetra Care Guide

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Congo Tetra
(Phenacogrammus interruptus)

Common names:
Congo Tetra.
Size: Males 8-10cm (although 8cm is more common), Females 6-8cm (although it is unusual for them to reach 8cm).
pH: 6.0-7.5
Tempº: 23ºC - 27ºC
Tank region: Middle layer
Origin: Zaire.
Gender: Males are larger, with more colour, with a more extended tail and dorsal fin. A mature males tail will have an extension, a mature female’s tail will be more rounded.
Notes: Possibly the most common African Tetra offered for sale, the Congo tetra is quite a stunning animal to behold. They can be fairly timid; although they become bolder with time. Because this fish is quite large (especially for a tetra!), it is a good idea to provide it with plenty of swimming space in a tank of about 90-100cm long. As they are a tetra, they need to be kept in schools of at least 5-6 to keep them happy. They tend to be a bit expensive, but are quite hardy so you don’t have to worry about losing them if they’re kept in good conditions. Overall a beautiful African tetra for the planted tank or Biotype.
Image: A male congo tetra. Note the Tail extension.

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