Acquired: Fish / pet store
Posted Aug 27, 2014
I think there's a reason the humble neon tetra is such a popular fish amongst tropical fish owners. They look awesome, add great colour and movement to a tank and they're really non-fussy fish to keep. They're even relatively easy to breed as well, though you will quickly end up with an overwhelming amount of fish.
Maybe for a more advanced fish owner, tetras are a little dull but they don't take up much room, get on with most fish and I think they're actually quite fun fish, particularly as you can watch them swimming around in their small shoals together, which just isn't possible with a lot of tropical fish that you can only keep one or two per tank.
The only thing to watch with these is making sure you don't introduce any diseased fish, or if you have one, that it is removed and isolated immediately. Unfortunately I have had an entire small group wiped out pretty quickly with illness and not catching it quickly enough but this does seem to be relatively rare and they are generally quite hardy fish. They're also not fussy about what they eat, which will help keep the food bills down!
They're colourful, fun to watch and easy to keep, so I'm really not sure what there is to not like about these fish. If you're thinking of getting your first aquarium, they are definitely one to consider.