Black Darter Tetra (Poecilocharax weitzmani)

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Black Darter Tetra

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Black Darter Tetra

Poecilocharax weitzmani

57 Litres (15 US G.)

3-4.1cm (1.2-1.6 ")




5.2 - 6.4

24 -28 °C (75.2-82.4°F)

3-6 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

3-5 years



Additional names

Black Darter Tetra, Black Morpho Tetra

Additional scientific names

Poeciliocharax weitzmani

Origin[edit | edit source]

Found in blackwater freshwater rivers in South America including upper Solimões, upper Negro, and upper Orinoco River basins.[1][2]

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Females are plumper and rounder in the belly than males.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

A peaceful shoaling fish, keep in groups of 6 or more. Due to its tiny size, only keep with peaceful non-predatory tank mates.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Primarily carnivorous, will take pellets, flake and live/frozen food such as brine shrimp and daphnia.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Must be kept in acidic conditions and thrives in a blackwater environment. Does well in a heavily planted tank.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A peaceful shoaling fish.

Identification[edit | edit source]

Small elongated and slender body with a bold lateral black line running from the gills to the caudal fin. The rest of the body is pale yellow-brown and slightly iridescent.

Pictures[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. PFK Fish Mapper
  2. Fishbase (Mirrors: Icons-flag-us.png) Distribution

External links[edit | edit source]