Animal Stories - Black Phantom Tetra


Animal-World Information about: Black Phantom Tetra

The Black Phantom Tetra is very attractive and is also one of the most interesting fish to keep!
Latest Animal Stories
James Henry - 2014-10-03
I have Aquired 4 Phantom Tetras,and after about 3 Days one of the Females has started Swimming Head down,can anyone please tell me if this is normal or has this fish got a health problem?

Click For Replies (1)
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-08
    The odd swimming angle is likely the result of a swim bladder malady. It could simply be bloat from over-feeding or feeding dry flake food absorbing water in the fishes stomach and expanding, or possibly constipation. But it could also be the result of another problem, see swim bladder disease here, on the  Fish Diseases and Treatments page (scroll down just a bit) and it gives you some things to consider.
Reply
nm123 - 2012-01-10
thanks for your answer

Reply
nm123 - 2012-01-09
do these fish comonly have swim bladder disease?

Click For Replies (1)
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-09
    No
Reply
nm123 - 2012-01-05
I have been watching my black phantom tetras over the last week and only 1 (one) of them died from swim bladder disease now only 2 (two) of them are left my qustion is. Is the black phantom tetra prone to swim bladder disease? ps he got this disease out of nowhere or did he get it from one of the other fish

oh almost forgot none of the other fish in my tank have swim bladder disease and out of all the fish I kept in my tank I never had a fish have swim bladder disease

Reply
nm123 - 2011-12-28
Thanks a lot the red tailed shark has seemed to calm down a little over the past few days

oh and everyone have a happy new year

Click For Replies (2)
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-29
    I am glad - just watch them.
  • nm123 - 2011-12-29
    ok
Reply
nm123 - 2011-12-28
Help I got 3 phantom tetras yesterday and forgot to move the decorations in my 30 gallon tank. After I put the phantom tetras in I have seen that only my red tailed shark is chasing them almost all day around the tank is this normal and if it is will the red tailed shark stop chasing them soon

thanks please get back to me as soon as possible

Click For Replies (1)
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-28
    I'd separate the red tailed from the phontom tetras. Sure doesn't sound good and even if they are supposed to get along there is always a Ted bundy.
Reply
Anonymous - 2011-08-28
Love my black phantoms have lost 3 with the last suffering with swim bladder, hoping I've saved her with a treatment she's my favourite in the whole tank.

Click For Replies (1)
  • Anonymous - 2011-08-29
    Awesome
Reply
tara - 2010-02-23
I have had mine for 3 years now. I feed about once a week and just add new water as needed. They are the easiest fish I have ever had.

Click For Replies (2)
  • Will - 2010-09-05
    You do need to do water changes as otherwise the TDS (total dissolved solids) will build up, and small fish such as these would probably do better with twice-daily feeding. Thats just IMO and there is not one way to keep fish, but I think this way is easier.
  • H.E.B - 2011-01-01
    I have only had my black phantom tetras for a few days now and I have 2 males and 1 female I was wondering if they will breed in my 35 liter tank without me having to move them into a smaller tank?
Reply
Mikey - 2010-02-21
I started out my 55 gallon and added some of these great fish right away! These tetras are really fun to watch. They have little mock battles, showing off their impressive fins. Also changing colors from a silverish to an almost jet black! Very cool! Unlike other tetras it's very easy to tell the males from females. The females are a bit fatter and have red anal fins, and altogether less impressive appearance. But they are my favorites!! The touch of red looks really cool! I was lucky to get 4 males and 2 females. They form couples and obviously court all day long. Very fun to watch. I would suggest getting a minimum of 6 if you're think of picking some up. They need their buddies. By far my favorite tetra I have owned so far!!!! Greaat community, no nipping (my serpae's nip alot). Must have! :)

Reply
fish boy - 2009-12-30
I enjoy my black phantoms very much. I have 4 of them along with 3 glowlights, 3 harlequin rasboras, 3 rummy-noses, and a 6-inch pleco. They are always having fake fights and even try to pick fake fights with my other fish. I love the red color of my female. They are very hardy and eat flake food. I highly recommend them.

Reply