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Cardinal tetra



Picture of Cardinal Tetras

Photo courtesy of Lisa Williams
© Lisa Williams

Common name:Cardinal tetra
Scientific name:Paracheirodon axelrodi
Synonyms:Cheirodon axelrodi (not valid)
Size:2" (5cm)
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.
Temperature:22-26oC (72-79oF)
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.
Breeding:Unknown
Comments: 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.

 

 

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