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Neon Tetra | Characin | Aquarium Fish | NMS Aquatics
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Neon Tetra

The neon tetra has a slender torpedo-shaped body that reaches no more than an inch and a half in length. What this fish lacks in size, it makes up for in color. From the tip of its nose to the adipose fin, the neon tetra has a bright neon blue stripe. 

Neon Tetra

  • Origin: Characidae  Originating in South America, this species is found from the Orinoco River to the Rio Negro tributary of the Amazon River.

  • Care Level: Easy to Moderate  Water should be soft and acidic for neon tetras, meaning a pH that is not above 7.0 and hardness of no more than 10 dGH.

    Blackwater extracts or driftwood are often used to darken the water, maintain an acidic pH, and soften the water.

    Providing a habitat with plenty of low-light hiding places is important.

    The dark substrate will replicate the natural habitat in which the neon tetras feel most comfortable.

    They are omnivores, meaning that they will eat both plant and animal material. Fine flake food, small granules, live or frozen brine shrimp or daphnia, and frozen or freeze-dried bloodworms are all good food choices.

  • Size: 1.5-2 Inches  Females are rounder and plumper than males, particularly when viewed from above.

  • Life Span: 5 Years  The expected lifespan, if housed correctly.