Animal Stories - Black Phantom Tetra

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The Black Phantom Tetra is both very attractive and one of the most interesting fish to keep!
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Fish - 2018-11-26
what is the most common phantom tetra death

Dan - 2016-09-16
Hi I've got a black phantom tetra in my tank and I've just noticed that it has its tail missing and its backend has gone white ?? What could this be ??

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  • Mehdi keshavarz - 2018-03-28
    Hello . I have a problem with my black phantom tetra fry.the can not swim and sink to the bottom of the tank after 10 days of borning.every day they die .can you help me with this problem?
  • Imogen - 2018-08-26
    I got a tank a while back that surprisingly (as I got it second hand) came with two black phantom tetra. After taking them home and doing a water change ( these people had been using Algaefix instead of a water conditioner) I noticed that one was missing its tail. After some research I've concluded that this was stress related, and luckily by now the tail all grown back but it is less opaque than it was. Your fish is probably stressed. I would recommend regular water changes and perhaps a little more conditioner than you would normally do to ensure something like fin rot doesn't set in.
    Hope this was helpful.
James Henry - 2014-10-03
I have Aquired 4 Phantom Tetras,and after about 3 Days one of the Females has started Swimming Head down,can anyone please tell me if this is normal or has this fish got a health problem?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-08
    The odd swimming angle is likely the result of a swim bladder malady. It could simply be bloat from over-feeding or feeding dry flake food absorbing water in the fishes stomach and expanding, or possibly constipation. But it could also be the result of another problem, see swim bladder disease here, on the  Fish Diseases and Treatments page (scroll down just a bit) and it gives you some things to consider.
nm123 - 2012-01-10
thanks for your answer

nm123 - 2012-01-09
do these fish comonly have swim bladder disease?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-09
nm123 - 2012-01-05
I have been watching my black phantom tetras over the last week and only 1 (one) of them died from swim bladder disease now only 2 (two) of them are left my qustion is. Is the black phantom tetra prone to swim bladder disease? ps he got this disease out of nowhere or did he get it from one of the other fish

oh almost forgot none of the other fish in my tank have swim bladder disease and out of all the fish I kept in my tank I never had a fish have swim bladder disease

nm123 - 2011-12-28
Thanks a lot the red tailed shark has seemed to calm down a little over the past few days

oh and everyone have a happy new year

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-29
    I am glad - just watch them.
  • nm123 - 2011-12-29
nm123 - 2011-12-28
Help I got 3 phantom tetras yesterday and forgot to move the decorations in my 30 gallon tank. After I put the phantom tetras in I have seen that only my red tailed shark is chasing them almost all day around the tank is this normal and if it is will the red tailed shark stop chasing them soon

thanks please get back to me as soon as possible

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-28
    I'd separate the red tailed from the phontom tetras. Sure doesn't sound good and even if they are supposed to get along there is always a Ted bundy.
Anonymous - 2011-08-28
Love my black phantoms have lost 3 with the last suffering with swim bladder, hoping I've saved her with a treatment she's my favourite in the whole tank.

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  • Anonymous - 2011-08-29
tara - 2010-02-23
I have had mine for 3 years now. I feed about once a week and just add new water as needed. They are the easiest fish I have ever had.

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  • Will - 2010-09-05
    You do need to do water changes as otherwise the TDS (total dissolved solids) will build up, and small fish such as these would probably do better with twice-daily feeding. Thats just IMO and there is not one way to keep fish, but I think this way is easier.
  • H.E.B - 2011-01-01
    I have only had my black phantom tetras for a few days now and I have 2 males and 1 female I was wondering if they will breed in my 35 liter tank without me having to move them into a smaller tank?