The Phantom is generally peaceful although the males may fight with each other during breeding time. Just like other tetras, they like to live in a shoal of 6 or more. They are easy to keep and fairly hardy to a variety of different water parameters
Species – Red Phantom Tetra – Megalamphodus Sweglesi
Current Size – 2cm – 3cm
Adult Length – 5cm
Temperature Range – 22 – 27 °C
pH Range – 6.0 – 7.5
Tanks Mates and Compatibility – Very peaceful making it an ideal resident of the well-researched community aquarium.
It is perhaps best-maintained alongside similarly-sized characids, gasteropelecids, lebiasinids, smaller callichthyid or loricariid catfishes, and non-predatory, small-to-medium-sized cichlids.
Ideal Number to Keep – Try to buy a group of at least 8-10 specimens since this species forms temporary dominance hierarchies within which males compete for female attention, and therefore displays more interesting behavior and better coloration when maintained in numbers.
Feeding – In aquaria a diet of dried foods but like most fishes does best when offered a varied menu which in this case should also contain live and frozen chironomid larvae (bloodworm), mosquito larvae, Daphnia, Moina, etc.