Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi


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Minimum order: 6
SKU: Black Neon Tetra TR (H. herbertaxelrodi) SM Categories: ,

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Black Neon Tetras (Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi) are a popular and peaceful freshwater fish species. Here’s a summarized bullet point list of care tips for Black Neon Tetras:

Tank Requirements:
– Tank size: A minimum of 10 gallons is suitable for a small group (6-8) of Black Neon Tetras.
– Filtration: Use a reliable filter to maintain water quality and provide gentle water flow.
– Water parameters: Temperature 72-82°F (22-28°C), pH 5.5-7.5, hardness 2-15 dGH.
– Substrate: Use fine gravel or sand to mimic their natural environment.

– Black Neon Tetras are omnivores with a preference for small live or frozen foods.
– Offer a varied diet that includes high-quality flakes, pellets, and supplement with live or frozen foods like brine shrimp, daphnia, and bloodworms.

– They are generally peaceful and can be kept with other small, non-aggressive fish.
– Avoid keeping them with larger or aggressive species that may stress them.

Decor and Environment:
– Provide plenty of plants, floating vegetation, and open swimming spaces.
– Use driftwood and rocks to create natural hiding spots and simulate their natural habitat.
– Dim lighting can enhance their colors and reduce stress.

Water Maintenance:
– Perform regular water changes (20-25% weekly) to maintain water quality and remove waste.
– Keep the water well-filtered and ensure good water circulation.

– Black Neon Tetras are shoaling fish, so keep them in groups of at least 6-8 individuals to reduce stress and encourage natural behavior.
– They are known for their striking black lateral line and iridescent blue coloration.

– Monitor water parameters regularly using test kits to ensure optimal conditions.
– Quarantine new fish before introducing them to the main tank to prevent disease transmission.

– Breeding Black Neon Tetras in captivity is possible with proper care and conditions.
– Provide a separate breeding tank with soft, slightly acidic water and fine-leaved plants for potential spawning.
– Use marbles or a spawning mesh to protect the eggs from the adults.

Observation and Enjoyment:
– Spend time observing and enjoying the natural beauty and behavior of Black Neon Tetras.
– Create a peaceful and well-maintained environment to enhance their vibrant colors and showcase their active nature.

Black Neon Tetras typically grow to a maximum size of around 1.5 inches (3.8 cm), making them suitable for smaller aquariums and community setups with other peaceful fish. By following these care guidelines, you can provide a suitable and thriving aquarium for Black Neon Tetras, allowing them to display their best colors and behaviors and ensuring a healthy and enjoyable life in captivity.

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