Neon Tetra

Species/genus: Paracheirodon innesi

Origin: South America

Temp: 72 – 82°F (22 – 28°C)

pH: 5 to 6.5 dH: Soft

Temperament: Non agressive

Adult Size: 1 1/2 inches (4 cm)

Minimum Tank Size: 1 Gallon

Feeding: – Eats all standard aquarium foods with gusto

Breeding: – Difficult to spawn, requires very soft acidic water, eggs must be kept in total darkness and the fry are very tiny and a challenge to raise

Comments: One of the most popular aquarium fishes. It almost seems as if they were made for a planted tank, their bright colors are magnificent against the backdrop of green plants. They are excellent schoolers when kept in groups of 6 or more. they are quite a chore to spawn and raise but many experienced aquarists have done it. Neons are indeed a good choice for beginners to keep; they are hardy, pretty, always actice and very interesting.

Neons do not retain their color at night. If the aquarium lights are suddenly turned on in a dark room you will notice that all the Neons appear colorless. This is normal and their bright colors will return in a matter of minutes after the lights are turned on.