Neon Tetra
Behaviour Peaceful, shoaling
Typical size 3cm
Max size 4cm
Tank Area Middle, All
Min Tank Size 60cm
Min Number 6
Temp Min: 22℃ Max: 26℃
Feeding Flake, frozen, live foods
pH Range 6-8.5
Hardness vs,s,m,h
Neon Tetra Paracheirodon innesi
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Neon Tetra

Paracheirodon innesi

The Neon Tetra is quite possibly the most well-known and popular aquarium fish in the hobby. It is surprising then that despite the fact they should know better by experience, many shops still happily sell and recommend the Neon Tetra as a 'first fish'. Once established in an aquarium, the Neon Tetra, given good conditions, is a hardy and long-lived fish. In a new aquarium however, they are very delicate and likely to suffer ill health due to fluctuations in water quality. This weakness may be a result of heavy commercial breeding. Neons must be kept in groups and preferably in aquariums with a few hiding spots amongst plants, good water quality, and with other small peaceful fish.

Family Characidae (Characins) | Synonyms Hyphessobrycon innesi | Origin South America; Rio Putumayo | Breeding Egg scatterer, soft water required, eggs hatch after 24 hours | Natural Water Conditions pH 5-7, very soft to soft | Natural Habitat Black and Clearwater streams | Sexing Males are more slender

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