Red Phantom Tetra

By Gary Bolton

Family: Characidae

Species: Megalamphodus sweglesi

Size: 5cm (2 inch)

Diet: Omnivorous

Tank levels: Middle

Habitat: Orinoco basin of northern South America

Remarks: Like the Black Phantom, this fish needs soft acidic water for its general well-being, and especially for breeding.

Comments: Despite coming from entirely separate area, the Black and the Red Phantom Tetras have been described as a colour pair. The body hue of the Red Phantom is transparent red, and the dorsal fin has some black markings (with a white tip in the female). The distinctive dorsal fin in the male is often well produced, but many lack the size of that found on the Black Phantom. A dark shoulder blotch it present.


This fish comes from the “Tropical Fish” family species of fish. I hope you enjoyed this fish profile that I put together to help people to choose the right fish for the right aquarium tank setup you may own, or be thinking of buying in the future. If you require more information about keeping fish in general and what are the right fish to choose for your tank setups, you can always visit my site called “GB Aquarium” and see what’s posted new there and also join in the discussion taking place.

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