The Congo Tetra (Phenacogrammus interruptus) is a popular freshwater fish species that is native to the Congo River Basin in Central Africa. These fish are highly sought after by aquarium hobbyists due to their striking appearance, peaceful temperament, and active behavior.
Congo Tetras are a medium-sized fish, growing up to 3-4 inches in length. They have elongated bodies that are laterally compressed and a slightly forked tail. The body of the male is more colorful than the female, displaying iridescent blue, green, and purple on the upper half, while the lower half is golden yellow. The female's color is less vibrant, with a silver body and a hint of yellow and blue.
Congo Tetras are active swimmers and should be kept in schools of at least 6 to 8 fish in a tank that is at least 30 gallons in size. They prefer well-planted aquariums with plenty of open swimming space and subdued lighting. These fish are generally peaceful and can be kept with other non-aggressive species of similar size and temperament.
In the wild, Congo Tetras are omnivorous and feed on a variety of small aquatic creatures such as insects, crustaceans, and small fish. In captivity, they can be fed a varied diet consisting of flakes, pellets, frozen or live foods such as bloodworms, brine shrimp, and daphnia.
Overall, Congo Tetras are a great addition to any community aquarium, providing a stunning display of color and activity. With proper care and maintenance, these fish can live up to 5-7 years in captivity.
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