The Red Phantom originates from the Orinoco River basin in South America. It was formerly known by the scientific
name Megalamphodus sweglesi. The Red Phantom is very similar to the Black Phantom, even though it
does not come from the same area. The Red Phantom has a transparent red body
but the color will vary in intensity depending on diet and breeding activity. The dorsal fin is black
for both sexes with white tipping for females. The dorsal fin is not as pronounced
as it is on the Black Phantom. There is a dark shoulder mark on both species.
The Red Phantom prefers lots of plants,
driftwood and rocks. It is a timid, slow moving tetra and will school for security. Groups of 6 or more are recommended.
Fast swimming tank mates are not a good combination with Red Phantoms. Similar to the Black Phantom, they will twist
and turn around each other in intricate displays. They will eat food flakes,
spirulina, freeze-dried bloodworms and live foods, such as brine shrimp and bloodworms. A healthy diet is essential in
bringing out full coloring.
Red Phantoms are very difficult to breed. They spawn in thick bundles of plants and require very soft, acidic water.
Up to 400 eggs can be laid and they hatch in about a day. The eggs are susceptible to fungus.
| Scientific Name:
|| 20 - 26
C; 68 - 80 F
|| 5.5 - 7.5
|| 4 cm; 1.5 inches
| Life Span:
|| 5 years
|| Difficult, Egg Layer
Phantom Tetra, Cardinal Tetra, Corydoras Catfish, Discus, Dwarf Neon
Rainbow, Endlers Livebearer, Glass Catfish, Glass
Fish, Glowlight Tetra, Guppy, Harlequin Rasbora,
Honey Gourami, Kuhli Loach, Neon Tetra, Pristella
Tetra, Ram Cichlid, Silver Hatchetfish, White