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Black Neon Tetra
(Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi)

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Black Neon Tetra

Black Neon Tetra
(Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi)

This small aquarium fish from the Neon family is both easy to maintain and very decorative. In large numbers, they will form beautiful shoals, perfect to accompany your Discus or Scalars!

Below are all the tips you need to take care of your Black Neon Tetra!

Scientific name

Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi

Common name

Black Neon Tetra

Origin

what are its countries of origin?

Origin: Brazil, Rio, Paraguay, Argentina, Bolivia
Biotope: Amazonian

Dimorphism

what are the physical differences between males and females?

The male is smaller and slenderer than the female

Group

Group

Characidae

Volume

what is the minimum volume for this species?

80 L / 18 imp gal / 21 US gal

Water parameters

what are the water parameters for the maintenance of this fish?

T°: 24 à 27°C or 75 to 81°F
pH: 5.5 to 6.5
Hardness: 2 to 15°dGH

Difficulty

Difficulty

Easy

Size

what is the maximum size of this fish?

3.5 cm (1.4")

Life expectancy

what is the average life expectancy of this fish?

5 to 6 years

Living zone

in which area of the aquarium does this fish live?

Middle and top

Individuals

sociability of the species

10 or more

Food

How to feed the Black Neon Tetra?

Food

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.

Behavior

What kind of behavior does the Black Neon Tetra have?

Behavior

What kind of behavior does the Black Neon Tetra have?

group of black neon tetra

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).

Cohabitation

Who can live with the Black Neon Tetra?

Cohabitation

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.

Breeding

How to breed the Black Neon Tetra?

Breeding

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.

Its aquarium

Which aquarium for the Black Neon Tetra?

Its aquarium

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!

Good to know

Good to know

Find all additional information!

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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