The Neon Tetra is one of the most popular freshwater tropical fish. With their iridescent blue bodies and bright red tails, Paracheirodon innesi creates an exciting splash of color in any aquarium, especially when kept in schools of ten or more.
Native to South America, the Neon Tetra prefers densely planted systems with plenty of low light areas to hide. To best recreate its natural habitat, place rocks and driftwood amongst the plants for added areas of refuge. However, the Neon Tetra will tend to swim or remain suspended in the water column in schools to create a breathtaking display of color. Extremely peaceful, the Neon Tetra should be kept with similarly non-aggressive tankmates of a similar size.
Neon Tetras thrive in slightly acidic water with stable water parameters. To breed Neon Tetras, separate a pair into a “breeding tank” with no lighting at first, and gradually increase lighting until spawning occurs. Water hardness should be less than 4 dH and live foods such as mosquito larvae or baby brine shrimp are great inducers. Be sure to remove the adults after the eggs have been laid, as the adults will eat them. The eggs should hatch within 30 hours.
Neon Tetras will accept many small foods such Hikari Micro Wafers, Hikari Micro Pellets, Sera Vipan, Sera San and Hikari Frozen Bloodworms and Hikari Frozen Brineshrimp.