Red Congo Tetra (Brycinus imberi)

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Red Congo Tetra

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Red Congo Tetra

Brycinus imberi

246 Litres (65 US G.)

19-25 cm (7.5-9.8")




6.0 - 6.5

22 -26 °C (71.6-78.8°F)

4-18 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

5-10 years



Additional names

Red Congo Tetra, Spot-Tail Tetra

Additional scientific names

Alestes imberi, Alestes bequaerti, Alestes curtus, Alestes fuchsii, Alestes fuchsii taeniata, Alestes humilis, Alestes lemairii, Brachyalestes imberi, Brachyalestes imberi affinis, Brachyalestes imberi curtis, Brachyalestes imberi imberi, Brachyalestes imberi kingsleyi, Myletes imberi


An African Tetra found throughout the Mono River in Togo to Nipoué River in Liberia; lower Zambezi, Wami River in Tanzania to Pongolo River in South Africa; Lakes Malawi, Rukwa, Rufiji and Ruvuma; Congo basin; on the western coast in the Quanza and the Nyanga, Tanganyika tributaries, Lake Kariba, Cunene River.


The males are more vibrant in colour. Sexual dimorphism on anal fins of males.

Tank compatibility

A large fish that does best in shoals. Keep with fish of similar size that are generally peaceful but fast-swimming.


Will take most meaty foods. Will accept pellet and flake food but prefers live/frozen such as bloodworm and brine shrimp.

Feeding regime

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics

Requires a large and spacious tank with some hiding places and plenty of open swimming space.


Generally peaceful active and fast-swimming fish.


An elongate fish with a forked tail and large scales. Mostly iridescent silver in colour with a black spot on the caudal peduncle. Fins are translucent with red hues.


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