Black Tetra (Gymnocorymbus ternetzi)
Category: Tetra Fish
Black Tetra also known by other names including black widow tetra, petticoat tetra, high fin black skirt tetra and black skirt tetra, is a fresh water fish native to the regions of South America. It derives its name from its tetragonal body shape that grows up to 6 cm in length. Black tetra is a schooling fish normally moving in groups of not less than six. They do well in community aquariums with hiding spaces like rocks, driftwood and plants that will add a sense of security, acidic water makes perfect conditions for optimal breeding habits. Black tetras feed on brine shrimp, tubifex micro pellet food and freeze-dried blood worms.
Black tetra fish is one of the easiest to breed along with the white cloud mountain and the zebra danio. A male and a female in an aquarium will easily lead to eggs and babies. These babies grow surprisingly faster than many other species, and are therefore relatively cheaper to raise. They can also be adapted to breeding on dried food. In addition, they will feed on anything with regards to foods known for aquarium tamed fish. Wild Black tetra fish normally feed on worms, small crustaceans and insects. Feeding them on a varied diet is better and recommended.
Black tetra is indigenous to subtropical water and it prefers water with temperatures of between 20 and 27 degrees Celsius. These fish are hardy and can adapt to different kinds of conditions. Water with the pH of between 6 and 8 is recommended. It is strongly advisable to mimic its natural environment by setting up an aquarium with many large plants. Black tetra fish prefer subdued lighting and the substrate should always be colored gravel. They are wonderful fish that even beginner aquarists find easy to keep considering the fact they easily adapt to new environments and can feed on a wide range of food.