Scientifically known as Gymnocorymbus ternetzi, the black skirt tetra is a common freshwater fish which widely available for purchase to be kept in a fish tank as a pet. Originally coming from Paraguay River basin, this fish is also known as the blackamoor, black widow tetra, or petticoat tetra in the market or among aquarist. This fish is not very demanding so that many hobbyists are interested in keeping this tetra as well as the beginner aquarists since the fish is suitable for a beginner. However, you should also notice the fish behavior and diet before keeping them in your fish tank.
How to Properly Feed Black Skirt Tetra
The black skirt tetra is widely known as an omnivore, but actually, it tends to a carnivore. In the wild, they feed on small insects, worms, and crustaceans as their main course. They sometimes also take small amount of algae and small plants part as a snack. As they naturally tend to eat other smaller fauna in the wild, it means that they need more protein to meet their daily nutrition. Keeping them in a varied diet in an aquarium is not a bad idea. They will happily eat live or frozen food. Make sure you routinely feed them, or they will feed on their tank mates.
Feeding flake foods to the black skirt tetra is also good enough. However, you have to make sure that the flake foods you use contain high protein to fulfill the fish daily needs. It is also recommended to give them fresh food such as live shrimp, fish fry, daphnia, blood worms, or mosquito larvae, as a diet variation. Living foods are good for the fish because of containing many protein and mineral, keeping your fish healthy and energetic. They are also good to maintain the color of the fish so that the fish color is not easily fading.