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Neon Tetra (Paracheirodon innesi)

Neon Tetra (Paracheirodon innesi)

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Neon Tetra Care Guide with Aquarium Size Requirement:

1. Species Overview:

  • The Neon Tetra (Paracheirodon innesi) is a popular and vibrant freshwater fish native to the blackwater streams of South America. Recognized for its stunning iridescent blue and red colors, it is a staple in many community aquariums.

2. Aquarium Size:

  • Provide a tank with a minimum size of 10 gallons for a small school of Neon Tetras. However, a larger tank, around 20 gallons or more, is recommended for a more substantial group.
  • Neon Tetras are shoaling fish, and they thrive in groups of six or more.

3. Water Parameters:

  • Maintain a stable water temperature between 72°F to 78°F (22°C to 26°C).
  • Aim for a slightly acidic to neutral pH level, ideally between 6.0 and 7.0.
  • Keep the water hardness in the soft to moderate range, around 2 to 10 dGH.

4. Size of the Fish:

  • Neon Tetras typically grow to a size of about 1.5 to 2 inches (3.8 to 5 centimeters).

5. Tank Decor:

  • Set up the aquarium with a dark substrate to enhance the Neon Tetra's colors. Use live or artificial plants, and include driftwood and rocks for hiding spots.
  • Maintain subdued lighting to mimic their natural habitat.

6. Diet:

  • Neon Tetras are omnivores. Feed them a balanced diet of high-quality flake food, micro pellets, and small live or frozen foods like brine shrimp and daphnia.
  • Provide small, frequent meals to accommodate their small size.

7. Behavior:

  • Neon Tetras are peaceful and social shoaling fish. Keep them in groups to reduce stress and display their natural behaviors.
  • They are mid-water swimmers and appreciate open spaces for swimming.

8. Tank Mates:

  • Choose tank mates that are small, peaceful, and won't nip at the fins of Neon Tetras. Suitable companions include other small tetras, rasboras, and peaceful community fish.
  • Avoid aggressive or larger species that may intimidate them.

9. Tank Maintenance:

  • Conduct regular water changes of 20% every two weeks to maintain good water quality.
  • Use a gentle filtration system suitable for the tank size.

10. Breeding:

  • Breeding Neon Tetras in captivity is challenging but possible. Provide dense plants or a separate breeding tank with low light conditions.
  • Neon Tetras are egg scatterers, and their eggs should be protected from adult fish.

By following these care guidelines and providing an appropriately sized and well-maintained aquarium, Neon Tetras can thrive, showcasing their vibrant colors and contributing to the lively atmosphere of a community tank.

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