Neon Tetra (Paracheirodon innesi) Fish Species Profile
The Neon Tetra is a prevalent aquarium fish. It is sturdy and relatively cheap and is often one of the first fish species a beginner aquarist keeps.
A shoal of these bright Tetras will add colour as well as activity to the aquarium.
Because the Neon Tetras stay relatively small and have a peaceful temperament, you will find them in community aquariums.
Their bodies are slender and torpedo-shaped and from their nose, to the adipose fin they display a characteristic bright neon blue lateral stripe, underneath this the neon tetra sports a silvery-white belly. Past the abdomen, a bright red line extends to the tail.
Neon Tetras come in three varieties, these include the Golden strain that is a semi albino type, a Long-finned Neon Tetra, however, this is quite rare, as well as a Diamond Neon Tetra that displays metallic scales along the top portion of the body.
|Scientific Name||Paracheirodon innesi|
|Difficulty||Beginner - Intermediate|
|Best kept as||Groups 6+|
|Lifespan||up to 5 year|
|Maximum Size||up to 4 cm|
|Temperature||68 - 80 ℉ (20 - 26.7 ℃)|
|PH||5.0 - 7.5|
|GH||2 - 10|
Neon Tetras are a freshwater fish that comes from the tropical parts of Northern South America. They originate from Western Brazil, South-Eastern Colombia and Eastern Peru, and wild Neon Tetras can be found in the tributaries of the Amazon Rivers Tiger, Yarapa and Napo.
It is present in both blackwater and clearwater streams with soft acidic water, dense vegetation and roots.
Neon Tetras are not picky eaters and will accept most food types.
Keep them on a varied diet to avoid malnutrition using high-quality flakes and granules as the staple of their diet and treating them to live and frozen foods such as bloodworms, brine shrimp and daphnia.
You can also use micropellet food to supplement their diet. A tropical sinking pellet is ideal, as these include natural colour enhancers that bring out the colour in Neon Tetras.