Photo taken at Wharf Aquatics
© Sean Evans
|Common name:||Neon tetra, Neon|
|Scientific name:||Paracheirodon innesi|
|Synonyms:||Hyphessobrycon innesi (not valid)|
|Origin:||South America (Peru)|
|Tank setup:||Planted tank, keep in a shoal with peaceful tankmates.|
|Compatibility:||Peaceful, community - may be eaten by larger tankmates.|
|Water chemistry:||Around neutral, soft to medium hard.|
|Feeding:||Omnivorous: small frozen/live foods and dry foods such as flake, micro-pellets and granular foods.|
|Sexing:||Males slimmer, females have a deeper body.|
|Breeding:||Very soft and acidic water is recommended, though there are reports of this species,
being bred in harder water. Use Java moss or other fine-leaved plants (or a synthetic equivalent) as a spawning substrate.
Parents should be removed after spawning. Eggs hatch in around 24 hours. Feed the tiny fry on
infusoria initially, followed by brine shrimp nauplii.|
One of the most instantly recognisable fish in the hobby, they are commonly referred to as simply "Neons".
Best appreciated in a tank with a dark background or substrate. They do not always shoal together as readily as
some other species of tetras, but like other tetra species they should be kept in a shoal of at least 5-6 fish.