Fishkeeping Series: Neon tetra

This is a series of articles with clear, simple parameters on how to keep fish. Hope you enjoy our bite sized, quick to read posts about your potential fishy buddies. For more information on specific species of fish, feel free to drop us a message.

Name: Neon Tetra (Paracheirodon innesi) is a small freshwater fish native to South America

Why keep them: Vibrant colors, easy to keep (means they don’t die easily), ideal beginner fish

Aquarium type: Freshwater, with plants

TemperamentPeaceful, community fish
ColorsBlue, red, semi transparent
Lifespan8 Years
SizeAround 3.8 cm
DietPlants and meat
Minimum Tanks Size38 litres (76-80 litres to keep 15 tetras)
Temperature21-26 degrees Celsius
Water change25% each week
Good tank buddiesBarbs, small catfish (cory), Dwarf Cichlids
AvoidBetta, Angelfish, Cichilid

Important notes:

  • Keep in a group of at least 15, to not potentially cause stress
  • Newly cycled tanks are not suitable for your Tetras; generally the changes in the water chemistry during this time will kill them. 
  • Ideal aquarium style should be: dark, with lots of plants
  • Only feed them extremely small pieces

Fishyhub offers a decent variety of fish and aquarium-scaping items for you to start off your experience. We want to provide for every one of our customers the chance to build their own adventure at home, and enjoy this wonderful hobby.  Have a nice day and stay tuned with us for more fishy news and information!

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