Hyphessobrycon megalopterus

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This playful South American Characidae is native to the upper Rio Madeira of the Amazon river. Mainly known as Black phantom tetra, this species is usually readily available in the trade.

Care tips

  • Avoid strong water current
  • Planted tank
  • Compatible as dither fish with some Loricariidae species
  • At least a group of 8 species in a tank (more females then males)
  • Very peaceful

Hyphessobrycon megalopterus is also known by Black phantom tetra. Synonym to Megalamphodus megalopterus and Megalamphodus rogoaguae.

Below you can find the group of Black phantom tetra's that I cared for in the past. Very interesting behaviors e.g the mock fights between the males.

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Photo gallery

This photo gallery contains images. Photos were taken between 2015 and 2016. Latest photos are always at the top. Click on each image for full-screen view.

Video gallery

This video gallery contains videos of my Black phantom tetra's. Latest videos are always at the top.

Group of Black phantom tetra's

This video demonstrates closeups of this species.

  • Spawning behavior
  • Video capture date 2015-2016