Neon Tetra (Paracheirodon Innesi)
The Neon Tetra is a small, brightly-colored freshwater fish that has become an iconic and highly popular choice for community aquariums. With their iridescent blue bodies and bright red stripe, these visually striking fish are sure to be the center of attention in any tank. Native to the Amazon River Basin in South America, Neon Tetras are peaceful and hardy, making them an excellent choice for beginner and experienced aquarists alike.
Neon Tetras typically grow to around 1-1.5 inches in length, with a slender, torpedo-shaped body. Their vibrant colors make them stand out, especially when kept in a well-planted tank with subdued lighting that enhances their natural hues.
These peaceful fish thrive in community tanks with other non-aggressive species. As schooling fish, they should be kept in groups of at least 6 to promote natural behaviors and reduce stress. Neon Tetras prefer the middle swimming level of the aquarium.
Tank Habitat and Care:
Neon Tetras are relatively easy to care for, but they do appreciate stable water conditions. A minimum tank size of 10 gallons is recommended, while a 20-gallon or larger tank is ideal for a community aquarium. Provide a well-planted environment with plenty of hiding spaces and a dark substrate. Neon Tetras prefer slightly acidic, soft water.
Their diet consists of a mix of foods, as Neon Tetras are omnivores. Provide high-quality flakes or small pellets, supplemented with live or frozen foods such as daphnia, brine shrimp, and bloodworms to ensure proper nutrition.
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