Neon Tetra

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Neon Tetra Fish

The neon tetra (Paracheirodon innesi) is a freshwater fish of the characin family (family Characidae) of order Characiformes. The type species of its genus, it is native to Blackwater and clearwater streams in the Orinoco and Amazon basin of South America. Its bright coloring leaves the fish observable to conspecifics from the darkened blackwater streams, and can also be the main reason for its prevalence amongst tropical fish amateurs

In the aquarium, whilst commercially bred neon tetras have adapted well to a broad assortment of water requirements, in the wild, they occupy very softly, acidic waters which are generally cooler than the 25 °C (77 °F) where many tropical aquaria are preserved. Very ImportanceYou should keep the pH level below 7.0 and above 6.0 and maintain soft water (<10 dGH). Finally, in terms of water changes, you should aim to perform a 25% water change each week.

They may have a lifespan up to 10 years, or generally about five within an aquarium. However, they will expire if traumatized by striking changes to their surroundings. They are normally timid and, due to their small dimensions, shouldn’t be kept with aggressive or large fish which can bully or eat them.

Neon tetras have to maintain teams of six or more. Otherwise, they will get stressed and eventually become sick. Prevent incorporating larger carnivorous fish whose diets may comprise tetras. Fish which blend well in an aquarium are guppies, additional kinds of tetras, like the nose tetra, cardinal tetra, and glowlight tetra, along with other community fish which live nicely in a perfect tetra water state.

Neon Tetra

Cardinal Tetra vs Neon Tetra

This fish is often confused with the Cardinal Tetra. If you look closely you will notice that the vibrant red horizontal line of the Neon Tetra only runs from the middle of their body to the tail. With the Cardinal Tetra, their red line runs the entire length of their body.

Aquarist Experience Level: Intermediate
Minimum Tank Size
at least 10 gallons
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful, suitable for community tanks
Water Conditions: 21-27 °C (70–80 °F), pH 5.5 to 6.8
Diet: Omnivore and eats most foods
Length: adult size 2 inches (6 centimeters)

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Longfin Neon Tetra
Longfin Neon Tetra
Gold Neon Tetra
Gold Neon Tetra


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