Paracheirodon innesi
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Paracheirodon innesi

Common Names: Neon Tetra
Synonyms: Hyphessobrycon innesi
Family: Characidae
Category: Characins
Distribution: America - South; Peru, South America.
Main Ecosystem: Stream; Stream
Temperament: Schooling; Peaceful. Should be kept in schools of at least six or the fish will become very timid. Excellent for densely planted community tanks with other small species. They will appreciate some foliage cover on the surface of the tank or dimmed lighting, and may be timid or pale in bright, harsh light.
Diet: Ominvore; Ominvore
Care: Feed with small or crumbled flakes, brine shrimp, or freeze dried tablets. Long lived and easy to keep.
5 - 8
20°C - 28°C
68°F - 82°F
1 dH - 18 dH
Potential Size: Male: 3cm (1.2")
Female: 3cm (1.2")
Water Region: Middle; Middle
Activity: Diurnal; Diurnal
Gender: The bright blue line of the female has a small kink in it. In general, the mature female is also more obviously rounded and larger in appearance than the male, which has a slender, torpedo-like shape.
Breeding: Neon tetras are not particularly difficult to spawn, but the rate of survival of the fry is generally low because the eggs are  e to fungus and the tiny fry can be difficult to feed. Lately they are becoming a more commonly bred species by the home hobbyist or enthusiast and are being farmed domestically.
If you wish to spawn neon tetras, they are best moved to a species-only breeding tank of at least a few male and female specimens. In a community tank the eggs will be eaten long before
Variants: Selective breeding has produced three morphs of Neon Tetra that are available in the hobby, in addition to the wild-type. The first is the Gold Neon Tetra, which is an albino variant of the wild-type, and has an overall light yellowish hue. The second variety is the Diamond Neon Tetra, in which the blue stripe has been reduced to a mere spot on the tetra's head. Third, a variety with extremely long, trailing fins has been developed, though it is generally not as popular as the previously describ
Comments: The most popular freshwater tropical fish. The neon tetra is highly recommended for community fish tanks. They are best kept in schools of eight or more. They are very beautiful when kept in large groups. The neon tetra should not be kept with angelfish, because the tetras will most likely be eaten. Beware though, neon tetras can be susceptible to disease due to constant inbreeding. The Black Neon is not a color variety, but a different species.
Main Colours: Blue, Red, Silver
Markings: Striped Horizontal
Mouth: Normal
Tail: Concave
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