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A new Congo Tetra Phenacogrammus sp. Lukeni River
A new, wonderful Congo Tetra!
We received in our current import from the Congo a beautiful species of Congo Tetra under the name of "Phenacogrammus sp. Lukeni River". As the correct determination was impossible at first (the systematics of this group of tetra are quite complicated) we adopted that name for our stocklist. In the meantime we are quite sure that our fish belong to the species Alestopetersius hilgendorfi.
May this be as it is: the fish are really breathtaking beautiful! When we caught them to transfer the animals to the photo-tank they looked much deeper red than later. The solution of that enigma can be found in the magnification of one of the pictures. Here we see that all over the body small red cells are scattered, looking a bit like spread ink. These color-cells can be widened or contracted by the fish, depending on its mood. Obviously the lightning of the photo-tank was a bit too strong for the fish, so they contracted the color cells and looked less red.
These Congo Tetras can obtain a maximum length of 6-7 cm. They should be kept by experienced keepers only, as they need very clean, bacteria-poor water.
For our customers: the fish have code 159004 on our stock list. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.