Size3 inches (7.6 cm)
DietAlgae, zooplankton and small invertebrates
RangeCongo River drainage
HabitatOpen water with floating vegetation
- Common length of 3 inches (7.6 cm).
- The body is slim and torpedo-shaped with extended, bright red fins.
- Coloration is bright red to ruby with a ruby sheen and a dark lateral line.
The Congo tetras's coloration is bright red to ruby with a ruby sheen and a dark lateral line.
- Omnivorous opportunistic feeder.
- Diet consists of algae, zooplankton and small invertebrates.
- Occurs in the Congo River drainage.
- Inhabits open water with large amounts of benthic and floating vegetation and driftwood logs and branches.
- Females lay about 300 eggs, sometimes more, which sink to the bottom and hatch after about 6 days.
- “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List.
- Generally considered a peaceful species.