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The Congo Tetra is considered by many to be the jewel of tetras in the home aquarium because of its natural beauty. They have flowing fins that some have described as shimmering and the main color tends to be silver with an orange glow.

Congo Tetras do well in a peaceful community aquarium that is well lit and moderately planted. They prefer to swim in schools of 5-8 in an aquarium that has plenty of room. It is best if this fish is the dominant species in the tank or it may become shy and reclusive.


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Congo tetra is a timid, but unspeakably beautiful aquarium fish. Probably, it is the most gorgeous fish of the characin family.

A tank, which has tetra fishes in it, should be thickly planted. The majority of these fishes has a very good looking coloring. This is due to some special pigments they have, that change their color under different kinds of lights.

Features of the Congo Tetra

Is rather large fish for tetra kind; male size may be up to 8.5 cm and the female up to 6 cm correspondingly. Lifespan is from 3 to 5 years. The fish has lush fins; the ones of the male fish have long veiled edges (on dorsal, fluke and anal fins). Moreover, the male Congo tetra has three-bladed tail with a pronounced middle blade. The body coloring is opalescent; the colors vary from tints of blue on its back to red-orange and gold yellow on the fish sides and again there are bluish colors on the abdomen.

Best tank mates for the Congo Tetra

Tankmates can consist of the majority of small african and South American Characin fishes, live-bearing fishes and barb (except, maybe the tiger barb), corydoras (like pygmy or panda), dwarf cichlids like ram cichlid. However, still it’s more proper to keep congo tetras in a school of 4-20 species separately from other fishes.



In nature, fish eat whenever they are hungry and the food is available. If food sources are plentiful, they will eat several times a day. On the other hand, if food sources are scarce, they might go for days between meals. For this reason, fish are very opportunistic and will eat whenever they have a chance.

Regardless of one or two feedings, the key is to keep each feeding very small. Do Not overfeed your fish. Whenever in doubt, the best practice is to underfeed your fish. There are a lot of health concerns related to overfeeding your fish.

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