The Congo tetra is known for its bright-colored markings and long, trailing fins.
  • Size

    3 inches (7.62 cm)
  • Diet

    Algae, zooplankton and small invertebrates
  • Range

    Congo River drainage
  • Habitat

    Open water with large amounts of floating vegetation

Physical Characteristics

  • Common length of 3 inches (7.62 cm).
  • 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.

Animal Fact

The fantastic Congo tetras's coloration is bright red to ruby with a ruby sheen and a dark lateral line.

Diet / Feeding

  • Omnivorous opportunistic feeder.
  • Diet consists of algae, zooplankton and small invertebrates.

Range / Habitat

  • Occurs in the Congo River drainage.
  • Inhabits open water with large amounts of benthic and floating vegetation and drift wood logs and branches.

Reproduction & Growth

  • Females lay about 300 eggs, sometimes more, which sink to the bottom and hatch after about 6 days.

Conservation Status

  • “Not Evaluated” on the IUCN Red List.

Additional Information

  • Generally considered a peaceful species.

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