Neon Tetra

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Scientific name: Paracheirodon innesi

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The Neon Tetra is a small, colorful schooling fish which is native to tropical streams in Brazil, Peru and other South American countries. Neon Tetra are popular community tank fish. They are schooling fish and need at least 3 to feel safe enough to come out into the open, a group of 6 is the best way to really see them relax and move around the tank.

Neons are easy to feed and prefer flake food. They stay too small for most pellets but will enjoy frozen brine and cyclopeez. They are easy to take care of as long as the water quality stays clean.

The Neon Tetra is a slim fish with a spindle-shaped body and a blunt nose. The spectacularly vibrant blue and red coloring makes this fish stand out. The back is bright blue from head to tail. The abdomen from chin to mid-section is silvery white then from mid-section through the tail the abdomen is red. As a protection mechanism to hide from predators the color disappears at night while the fish sleeps. When it wakes up, the color comes back.

2 inches

Neon Tetra are peaceful fish. They do well with other species of tetras and other small fish which are not large or aggressive. Being timid by nature, housing them with large or aggressive fish is not safe.

The Neon Tetras are best housed in a tank with a capacity of at least 10 gallons. Good filtration is required or you will start to lose your neons. It's best to add neons to a well established tank because any changes in water quality will not be tolerated by Neons.

Neons love to school but they also appreciate hiding places. Keeping plants and wood for these fish offers a place for them to dart and hide if needed while looking nice and helping with water quality.

76.00-80.00 °F

6.0 - 7.0

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