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Neon Tetra

Tetras | Neon Tetra

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(Please note that the fish shown in the photo is only a representative of what an adult specimen would look like. The color may vary based on the age and sex of the fish you receive.)

Scientific Name: Paracheirodon innesi

Common Name: Neon Tetra

Adult Size: 1.6 inches

Life Expectancy: 10 years

Habitat: South America

Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons

Ideal Tank Conditions: 

  • Temperature Range: 68 - 77°F
  • pH Range: 5.0 - 8.0
  • Water Hardness: 3 - 25

    Temperament: Peaceful

    Diet & Nutrition: Omnivore; will generally eat all kinds of small or finely ground foods--live, fresh, and flake. To keep a good balance, give them a high quality flake food every day. Feed brine shrimp (either live or frozen) or blood worms as a treat.

    Breeding & Spawning: Egg layers. Somewhat difficult to breed but can be accomplished using especially soft acidic water along with intense sterilization of the breeding tank and everything used in and on the tank. With compatible breeding pairs, and given the right conditions, these fish will even spawn in a community tank. Unfortunately the eggs and fry will most often be eaten, so a separate breeding tank is best.

    Gender: The male is more slender than the female, which makes the blue line appear straighter. The rounder body of the female produces a bent blue line.