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Black Neon Tetra
Origin: Brazil, Rio, Paraguay, Argentina, Bolivia
The male is smaller and slenderer than the female
80 L / 18 imp gal / 21 US gal
T°: 24 à 27°C or 75 to 81°F
pH: 5.5 to 6.5
Hardness: 2 to 15°dGH
3.5 cm (1.4")
5 to 6 years
Middle and top
10 or more
How to feed the Black Neon Tetra?
Omnivorous: all forms of food are accepted. However, a varied food will be better adapted. Alternate flake food, live and frozen.
What kind of behavior does the Black Neon Tetra have?
Pacific but rather lively. Like all species of the genus, it is gregarious and must imperatively be kept on a shoal. The more they are and the more they will form a tight shoal (you can observe a hierarchy there).
Who can live with the Black Neon Tetra?
A community aquarium is accepted. It cohabits without difficulty with other Characidae, Discus, Scalar, Ramirezi, Cacatois, with shrimp but also with ground-fish such as Corydoras, Ancistrus, etc... Attention however to the predation of large fish.
How to breed the Black Neon Tetra?
Quite difficult even if it occurs spontaneously in mature aquariums and that pleases him. Place in a spawning tank (10 L or 3 US Gallons or 2 Imperial Gallons) equipped with a protective grid and a few fine-leaved plants, a male and a female for 3 to 7 days. Temperature 26°C or 79°F and pH 6.5 and filtered light. Filtration on peat. The incubation lasts 18h at 26°C or 79°F.
Fry food: infusoria for 3 days, Artemia nauplii.
Which aquarium for the Black Neon Tetra?
To highlight their color, a peat filter will be ideal. Also opt for a dark sandy substrate. If you wish, you can line the soil with dried leaves (beech or oak). Be careful, these leaves slightly color the water, which is normal. They must be replaced before they rot. Complete it all with lush vegetation and driftwood branches. Leave a lot of swimming space, it’s a very good swimmer. Finally, a light surface current will please him a lot!
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It is a great predator of fry, do not raise your species in the presence of this fish because you will not have much left.
There is an albino variety of this species.
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