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Neon Tetras
Basic Information:
Neon Tetras are a very popular freshwater fish for beginners and advanced fish keepers. Their bright neon blue and red color patterns are very attractive as an individual freshwater fish but when they school together, the effect is quite mesmorizing.

neon tetra disease
By Shirlie Sharpe
Definition: Neon Tetra disease is an incurable disease that was first identified in neon tetras. It is highly contagious. Affected fish should be removed from the tank to avoid infecting the other fish.

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Neon Tetra
Scientific Name: Paracheirodon innesi
Family: Characidae
About the Neon Tetra
Species Type: Freshwater Fish
Category: Characins ...

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~ Species Profile
The ~ was the first wild-caught fish that really set the tropical fish hobby into a dither, and contributed much to establishing the "tropical" fish hobby.

~ Disease: Fish infected with ~ Disease will show signs of becoming pale in color (white patches beneath their skin). The fish will not school with the others and become listless. Through the latter stages of the disease the fishs body will begin to degenerate.

~ Image gallery: Additional species photographs
Distribution Western Brazil, Northern Peru and Colombia. Found in the Iquitos and Amazon rivers and some of their tributaries.
General Body Form A slender fish somewhat spindle shaped with little lateral compression.

Origin= Brazil, Colombia, Peru - rivers: Putumayo, Purus, upper Amazon, Igarape, Preto
Scientific Name= Paracheirodon innesi
Max. Size= 1.5" (3.81CM) ...

The ~ is one of the most popular aquarium fishes. These are small characins that are similar to the Cardinal tetra, except the Neon has a white pectoral area and the Cardinal has a red pectoral area. The back of the Neon is blue and the anal and caudal areas are also blue.

Black ~ - Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi
Black Skirt Tetra - Gymnocorymbus ternetzi
Bleeding Heart Tetra - Hyphessobrycon erythrostigma
Hemigrammus bleheri
Blind Cave Fish - Astyanax mexicanus
Bloodfin Tetra - Aphyocharax anisitsi
Buck toothed Tetra - Exodon paradoxus ...

common name: ~
Family: Characidae
Continent of origin: South America
Origin country: Peru,
Size: under 4 cm (1.57 inch)
Minimal tank volume: 20 litre (5 US gal)
Temperature: 19 C (66.2 F) - 26 C (78.8 F)
pH tolerance: 6 - 7,5 ...

~ Characteristics
~s are small freshwater fishes that belong to the Characidae family. Its scientific name is Paracheirodon innesi and shares some qualities as that of other fishes under the tetra family.

False ~ Disease (fNTD)
Common Names:
False ~ Disease (fNTD)
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Black ~ (Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi) Quick Stats
Scientific Name: Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi
Origin: Paraguay basin of southern Brazil ...

~s are native to the streams and small tributaries of the Amazon including areas of southeastern Colombia, northeast Peru and northern and western parts of Brazil. They thrive in blackwater and murky water areas of dense vegetation, including flood plains during the rainy season.

The ~
The ~
By: Louis Sutcliffe
Common Name : ~
Latin Name : Paracheirodon innesi
Origin : The Amazon (South America)
Temperature : 68-77F (20-25 C)
Ease Of Keeping : A very hardy tropical fish
Aggressivness : Neons are very easy going ...

A hardy fish for the peaceful planted community aquarium. Adapts to a range of conditions, but soft, slightly tannin-stained water will bring out the best colours.
Despite the common name, this is not a colour form or variant of the common ~, but a completely separate species.

~s are a peaceful and active schooling fish that will occupy every area of the tank. An beautiful addition to any freshwater aquarium. ~s are not as hardy as most assume. Never add Neons to a new aquarium.

~s in a 125 gallon plant tank
There are many types of natural aquarium formats. Most of these focus on natural biological filters, and efficient mechanical filtration. Lower water flow is not uncommon. The idea is to simulate the natural habitat of the specimens in the aquarium.

~ (Paracheirodon innesi)
By far the most popular tropical aquarium fish is the ~. With the right conditions it is very easy to care for so is perfect for beginners.

~ Disease
Neon Disease is caused by a parasitic single called organism called Pleistophora hyphessobryconis. The cell, releases millions of spores in to the water during reproduction. The spores are consumed with food by the fish where they then enter the intestine.

~s must be one of the most popular fish after goldfish due to their availiability in fish shops. Neo tetras have a brilliant flouro colour stripe on their body when they are healthy and happy. When the become pale, it means something is wrong (usually the water).

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Paracheirodon innesi
SYN: Hyphessobrycon innesi
PD: This fish has a slender body and is slightly laterally compressed. The back is silver to olive brown while the belly is silver. A green to blue iridescent stripe extends from the eye near the tail.

~ disease (bacterial disease - gram negative)
DISEASE ~ disease - caused by the microsporidian parasite Pleistophora.

cardinal tetra
glowlight tetra
cichlids generally should be avoided in anything but a cichlid only community tank, as they get quite aggressive. In a large, well-planted aquarium, the following dwarf ciclids are appropriate ...

~ (Paracheirodon innesi): With a red colouration topped by an electric-blue flash, this is a very popular little fish. Occasionaly it falls victim to the incurable Neon Disease.
SizeOriginEase of keepFoodTempType
45 mm
S.America ...

~s are the most popular aquarium fish. They're easy to feed with standard flake food and they like to be in groups of 3 to 5.

Has to be one of the most popular of the tetras. This freshwater fish is a very pretty blue and red and appears iridescent.
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The ~ is a very docile fish. They are peaceful and do not exhibit aggression to other fish. They are a schooling fish and should always be kept in groups. Solitary ~s will become very timid and withdrawn.

Black ~s are small, reaching a maximum size of one and a half inches at maturity. They are black, with a red pseudo-neon strip down the middle of their body, which is where they get their name. A male Black ~ will be a little smaller than a female. Females tend to be fatter as well.

Do not keep with smaller fish such as ~s or slow moving high-backed fish such as Angelfish and Discus. They must never be kept with Goldfish. Has been seen to cope well in semi-aggressive set-ups, even with African Mbuna Cichlids!
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When young will eat algae.

Another fish that I would not recommend to the beginner is the ~. ~s were historically considered to be very difficult fish. Most certainly not for the beginner.

Two very popular Tetras which need soft, acidic water are the ~ - Paracheirodon innesi and the Cardinal Tetra - Cheirodon axelrodi. These are quite attractive red and blue fish. The red line on the Cardinal runs from the head on back, while in the Neon it starts only in the belly region.

The most popular in aquascape's are ember tetras due to their small size but bright colouration, ~'s are great but maybe try something unusual, everyone has seen neon's before, but people will be astounded by something different ...

The means that it is likely if you have Bala sharks in a tank with small fish like ~s or zebra danios, that the small fish will eventually become food.

Here's a candid question from my friend Bob: "I just got a 20-gallon tank and was thinking about putting in about a dozen ~s, six to eight Mollies, a Plecostomus and perhaps introducing two to three Angelfish afterwards. Is this an acceptable plan?" ...

Feeding: Live and frozen food, sometimes some vegetables. Larger fish also eat small fish, especially ~s are appreciated.
Size: Up to 15 cm, due too inbreeding usually smaller.
pH: 6.0-7.5 ...

The dominant output is from South-East Asia, shared between Hong Kong, the Philippines and Singapore, accounting for over three-quarters of species. The ~. for instance, originally from South America, is bred at the rate of thousands per month.
Outline distribution of tropical fish ...

Native to South America: Peru, Colombia and Brazil (near Leticia, Tabatinga and Putamago and Napo rivers). Known as the ~.

~ (Paracheirodon innes). Neons are great to keep as a school of six or more in your fish tank. They will dart around and around the tank. Don't put them in a tank with larger fish who will bully them.
Clown Plecostomus (Peckoltia arenaria). Easy to care for fish that eats algae.

Food mainly vegetables (peas, courgette, cabbage,etc) , algae wafers, all put in for the BNs, plus tropical flakes for the ~s No mating was seen between the gold stripes although the male took up territory in a clay cave.

After moving to Canada as a young boy, I discovered ditches filled with frogs and other living creatures, which I fell into more times than I can count. During my teens, I kept a freshwater tank filled with colorful ~s which kept me out of trouble until I discovered girls.

See also: See also: What is the meaning of Neon, Fish, Water, Aquarium, Species?

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