Black Neon Tetra

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Black Neon Tetra Aquarium Care
Size Up to 1.5 inches or 4 cm
Fish Hardiness Fairly easy to keep
Water Temperature 73.4 to 82.4°F or 23 to 28°C
Water pH 5.5 to 7.5 pH
Water Hardness 5 to 15 dH
Peaceful or Aggressive Peaceful
Number of same species in tank Six or more, the more the better
Community Fish Yes
Sexes Not easy to determine, males are generally slimmer than the rounder females
Strata Mostly middle but they do go all over the tank
Food Flake food, blood worms, and supplement with live foods
Breeding Fairly easy to breed
Breeding temperature 82.4°F or 28°C
Other names Black Tetra or Black Cardinal Tetra. These names can lead to confusion with other species
Scientific name Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi
Lifespan 5 years


Ideal Conditions for this Aquarium Fish

This one of the smaller and less colorful tropical freshwater fish. They look very similar to the Glowlight Tetra and the very popular Neon Tetra. The only major difference is the color, as the name suggests.

Peaceful, Community Just like their relatives they are peaceful shoaling fish and ideal for a community aquarium setup. Though not as impressive as the Neon Tetra with its bright blue and red colors they do make a good addition to a community tank when you keep them in a school.

How many you put in will depend on the size of your fish tank and how many other fish you have already got or want to put in it.

Strata They stay in the top to middle layers of the aquarium but mostly near the middle. As with the other smaller tetras they also want sufficient plants, preferably live, for hiding and enough open water for swimming.