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Hyphessobrycon sweglesi is a species of tetra that lives in the Orinoco River drainage basin in South America. The fish has a round black spot behind the gill-plate, a black band on the dorsal fin that is bordered above and below by creamy-white. The other fins are red same as the upper rim of the eye.
In the wild these will eat small crustaceans, worms and daphnia. In the aquarium they will eat most anything offered to them. Such as, Daphnia, freeze dried blood worms, Brine shrimp as well as flakes and granules.
This colourful fish is known for its vivid red, diamond-shaped body which has a black blotch around the stomach area. Their fins, typically featuring a deeper red hue, have a black outline. The Red Phantom Tetra has an average body size of 1.1” (3cm) and can grow to a maximum length of 2” (5cm). They have an average life span of 5 years but can live up to 7 years if they are cared for properly.