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Congo tetra are extremely beautiful African characins, growing slightly larger than most of its kind. They have slightly compressed and elongated bodies which have an iridescent coloration. Generally, the mid body has a gold stripe while the flanks have a violet or turquoise colour. Congo tetra's require a tank of no less than 30 gallons because in keeping them it is advised to keep them in schools of six to eight. Keeping them in lesser numbers may result in them being very skittish and stressed as they don't feel protected enough. And it is because of this that most of the Congo tetra's seen today do not look anything like the beautiful fish it supposed to be. They need the space to be able to swim and develop their beautiful coloration.
|Males get to 7.6 cm, females are a little smaller
|6 - 6.5
|24°C - 27°C
|3 - 5 years, possibly longer
Peaceful and tolerant, may nip at delicate and succulent plants. Just don't keep with fish that are robust, hyperactive, and aggressive.
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|The males have a long dorsal fin and are a little bigger then the females. The females get fuller in the middle when they are mature because they are holding eggs.
Reference: fishlore.com | fishkeepingworld.com
HOW TO SAFELY ADD FISH TO TANK
1. Set live stock aside with transportation bag in room temperature place for 30 minutes.
2. Then transfer bag to float in aquarium for another 30 minutes
3. Use a fish net to transfer the live stock by scooping it from the bag into the tank.
NOTE: Do not release live stocks together with the transportation water into tank.