Red Phantom Tetra


The Red Phantom Tetra comes from upper Paraguay and central Brazil. It is a peaceful, schooling fish and a great choice for a community aquarium. The Red Phantom Tetra gets its name from its black translucent appearance, though the males display brilliant colors. Two males together may upon occassion ‘dance’ with eachother, or look like they are fighting, but this is a harmless part of their natural behaviour.

The Red Phantom Tetra is quite unusual looking. They live best in planted tanks with loose leaves on the bottom to create a more natural aquarium.

Red Phantoms make a stunning contrast fish when paired with their red-hued cousins such as the Red Phantom, Jewel, or Serpae tetra.

Please be aware that the image is for illustration purposes only. We are unable to guarantee the size, colour, sex or age of the fishes you are purchasing. If you have any questions regarding livestock please contact us. To minimise stress we are unable to hand pick specific fish. Lifespan is an estimate based on optimum conditions.


Approx. size: 1-2cm
Maximum size: 4cm
Origin: South America
Ideal number kept together: 6+

Water conditions
pH: 5.0–7.0
Hardness: 18-215 ppm
Temperature: 20–28 °C

Ease of care
Easy/moderate. This tropical fish is great for hobbyist at all levels however they do need good water conditions.

Omnivore. The main food we recommend would be tropical fish flake. Occasional live or frozen food can be given as a treat.

Community aquarium. As their fins are elongated, caution is advised if housing with fin nipping fish.

Moderate. Egg layers. They will need their own tank with dim lighting to breed easily.

Life Span
They can live to anything from 2-5 years in perfect conditions.

Available on back-order


The Red Phantom Tetra is a very attractive and peaceful small shoaling fish that is well suited to a community. Although they may tolerate harder water, for long term health and colour they are best kept in soft-medium water with a pH of around 6-7.

Keep in groups, ideally in aquariums with hiding spots amongst plants and with other small peaceful fish.

May occasionally nip at extravagantly finned fish