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Neon tetra

Picture of Neon Tetras

Photo taken at Wharf Aquatics
© Sean Evans

Common name:Neon tetra, Neon
Scientific name:Paracheirodon innesi
Synonyms:Hyphessobrycon innesi (not valid)
Size:1.5" (4cm)
Origin:South America (Peru)
Tank setup:Planted tank, keep in a shoal with peaceful tankmates.
Compatibility:Peaceful, community - may be eaten by larger tankmates.
Temperature:22-26oC (72-79oF)
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.
Comments: 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.



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