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|Common name:||Cardinal tetra|
|Scientific name:||Paracheirodon axelrodi|
|Synonyms:||Cheirodon axelrodi (not valid)|
|Origin:||South America: Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela.|
|Tank setup:||A well planted tank with a dark background will show these colourful tetras at their best.|
|Compatibility:||A peaceful community fish.|
|Water chemistry:||Very soft and acidic preferred, but captive-bred fish will tolerate medium hard and alkaline water.|
|Feeding:||Omnivorous: Flake, granular foods and micro-pellets, supplemented with small live and frozen foods.|
|Sexing:||Males are slimmer than females.|
Very soft (<3 dGH), acidic water required. The parents should be removed after spawning, which usually occurs in the evening.
Around 500 eggs are laid which hatch in about 24 hours.