tetras or Paracheirodon
are members of the
Characidae are commonly referred to as Characins. Neons are
natives to southeastern Columbia, eastern Peru, and western Brazil,
including the tributaries of Solimoes. They can be found in black water
or clear water streams.
Neons and cardinal tetras
very similar in appearance. Put them
in the same aquarium together and most people wouldn’t be
are two different species. Both have metallic neon blue upper bodies
and a brilliant red stripe in the center of their bodies. This stripe
is found mid-body running to back the tail in neons. The stripe runs
the entire length of a cardinal’s body.
Both neons and cardinals are a favorite among the freshwater
aquarist who prefers smaller aquarium set ups because of their intense
color palette. They really brighten up a desktop aquarium.
community fish as long as the other members
of the community are all smaller varieties.
Neons are slender bodied
fish that only reach 1.5 inches fully grown. A large adult fish can
swallow one whole as a snack. They tend to be a shy species so give
them with plenty of plants and aquarium décor to hide in.
also provide sanctuary from more aggressive fish.
Water in South America is slightly acidic, around pH 6.8. Water
temperature ranges from70-79°F. Your neons will thrive in
Neons are mid-tank swimmers. They are shoaling fish. Shoaling fish
do not cope well when isolated from other members of their own species.
Many will not survive in solitude. It is advisable to have at least
four neons in your aquarium.
Neons are omnivores. They are perfectly cable of surviving on common
tropical fish flakes.
Males and females look pretty much the same. The female’s
tends to be a little fuller. This is more apparent when she is carrying