Photo taken at Wharf Aquatics
© Sean Evans
|Common name:||Black Neon tetra, Calypso tetra|
|Scientific name:||Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi|
|Synonyms:||Megalamphodus axelrodi (not valid)|
|Origin:||South America: Mato Grosso area of Brazil.|
|Tank setup:||Planted tank, with open shoaling space.|
|Compatibility:||A peaceful fish for a community tank with other similarly peaceful fish.|
|Water chemistry:||Not critical, but soft and slightly acidic preferred.|
|Feeding:||Omnivorous: Flake, granules/micro-pellets and small live or frozen foods.|
|Sexing:||Males slimmer, females have a deeper body.|
|Breeding:||An egg-scatterer which spawns fairly readily, in open water. Eggs take just over a day to hatch.|
A hardy fish for the peaceful planted community aquarium. Adapts to a range of conditions, but soft, slightly
tannin-stained water will bring out the best colours.
Despite the common name, this is not a colour form or variant of the common Neon tetra, but a completely separate species.