View Cart You may change your account settings, including your Billing & Shipping Addresses, Credit Card Information, as well as Express Checkout status. Go to Help You may change your account settings, including your Billing & Shipping Addresses, Credit Card Information, as well as Express Checkout status.
Doctors Foster and Smith LiveAquaria
  Welcome to LiveAquaria.com! 
HOME    HELP    CONTACT US    MY ACCOUNT    SIGN IN
Freshwater Fish Freshwater Fish
SEARCH

Free Shipping on Orders Over $225
LiveAquaria.com Rewards Program
FW Fish
FW Beginners
A. Cichlids
N.W. Cichlids
Fresh Angels
Barbs
Bettas
Bichir
Cory Cats
Danios/Minnows
Discus
Goldfish
Extra Large Oddball Fish
Gouramis
Guppies
Hatchets
Killifish
Larger Catfish
Loaches
Mollies
Platy
Plecos
Rainbowfish
Rasboras
Sharks
Sucker Cats
Swordtails
Tetras
Misc. Fish
Brackish

Diver's Den - WYSIWYG Fish, Corals, Inverts & More
Weekly Specials
Aquarium Supplies

resources
Shipping Rates & Info
How to Order
We're here to help:
- Email Us
- 1-800-334-3699
100% Guarantee
Compatibility Chart
Acclimation Guide
Ideal Water Parameters
Always Quarantine New Arrivals
Articles & Information

features
Beginners Area
Build Your Own Reef Cleaner Packages
Certified Captive Grown Corals - 30 day guarantee!
Collector's CornerĀ®
FREE Catalogs
Email-Only Specials
YouTube Twitter Connect with Us!
Facebook

Video Center
Freshwater Fish Pond Fish Pond Plants Live Foods Freshwater Inverts Freshwater Plants
Marine Fish Corals Live Rock Reef Cleaner Packs Marine Inverts Marine Plants
Home > Freshwater Fish > Tetras > Cardinal Tetra
Cardinal Tetra (Paracheirodon axelrodi)
View larger image
Due to variations within species, your item may not look identical to the image provided.
 QUICK STATS
Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Peaceful
Water Conditions: 73-81° F, KH 2-6, pH 5.5-7.5
Max. Size: 2"
Color Form: Blue, Red
Diet: Omnivore
Origin: Farm Raised - Europe, South America
Family: Characidae

What do these Quick Stats mean? Click here

overview
The Cardinal Tetra brings delicate beauty to any home freshwater aquarium. It has a bright blue stripe contrasted by a lower red stripe that runs the entire length of its body. This coloration differs from its cousin, the Neon Tetra, which has a red stripe that runs only halfway down the body. Equally as peaceful as Neon Tetras, Paracheirodon axelrodi will school together for a brilliant display of activity and color to dress small to large aquarium systems.

Native to the slow moving waters of the various, well-vegetated tributaries in South America, the Cardinal Tetra needs at least a 10-gallon aquarium that is densely planted with areas of low or subdued lighting. Though relatively hardy, the Cardinal Tetra does best in soft, acidic water with few fluctuations in water parameters. The Cardinal Tetra should be kept in groups of six or more and be housed with equally peaceful tankmates.

Breeding the Cardinal Tetra requires very soft water in the 1-2 dH range, a pH of 5-6, and low lighting levels. The female may lay as many as 130 eggs and the adults should be removed at this time. The eggs will hatch in about 24 hours and will become waterborne in approximately five days. Feed the fry baby brine shrimp and other suitable small foods.

The Cardinal Tetra will accept many small foods such as brine shrimp or daphnia, freeze-dried bloodworms and tubifex, micro pellet food, and high quality flake food.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1/2" to 3/4"; Medium: 3/4" to 1" Large: 1" to 1-1/4" Jumbo Euro: 1-1/4" to 1-3/4"


Bookmark and Share
 
On Sale SAVE up to 33%!
ADD TO SHOPPING CART
FW - Cardinal Tetra - Large
  CN-89957,  Was  $ 4.49 Now  $ 2.99
FW - Cardinal Tetra - Jumbo (Europe) - Farm Raised
  CN-80203,  Was  $ 6.99 Now  $ 4.99
Enter Quantity:  
Subtotal:   $0.00
  Set up an Email Alert for
  Out-Of-Stock or Seasonal Items!

*Prices subject to change on out of stock items
  FW - Cardinal Tetra - Small
  CN-80189,    $ 1.49
 
    
 Quantity Discount Available:
 3 to 5: $1.39
 6 to 11: $1.29
 12 or more: $1.19
  FW - Cardinal Tetra - Medium
  CN-74340,    $ 1.89
 
    
 Quantity Discount Available:
 3 to 5: $1.79
 6 to 11: $1.69
 12 or more: $1.59
 14-Day Guarantee
CALIFORNIA
This item ships from our California facility. Learn about our shipping rates here .
Ships from California
How to Set Up a Freshwater Aquarium
Rewards Program
Compatibility
Before you buy, always make sure your new inhabitants will be compatible! See the compatibility chart here.

Acclimation Guide
Learn how to properly acclimate your new species here.

Always Quarantine
Discover why it is important to always quarantine new arrivals here.

Help NEED HELP?
We're here to help you with any questions or concerns. Call or email us here .
 
  Need Aquarium Supplies?  
     
 
Marineland 6
Marineland 6"-18"Artificial Plant "A" Multi-Packs
As low as $6.99
Azoo Real Plant Artificial  Lobelia cardinalis
Azoo Real Plant Artificial Lobelia cardinalis
As low as $1.79
 
  Free shipping on orders $49 and up!  
YOU MAY ALSO BE INTERESTED IN:

Bleeding Heart Tetra
 

Nanus Cory Cat
 

Weekly Specials
Information Center  HUNDREDS OF ARTICLES TO HELP YOU WITH YOUR AQUARIUM...
- Acclimation Guide
- Compatibility Charts
- Ideal Water Parameters
- 100% Satisfaction
See More

 

 
FREE Email Newsletters - Sign up for weekly email-only specials & more:
help
CONTACT US
SHIPPING RATES
SHIPPING SCHEDULE
HOW TO ORDER
TRACK YOUR ORDER
REWARDS PROGRAM
 
about us
WHO WE ARE
AQUATIC SPECIALISTS
CUSTOMER COMMENTS
100% GUARANTEE
DIVER'S DEN HELP
 
services
GIFT CERTIFICATES
BUSINESS PARTNER PROGRAM
EMAIL NEWSLETTERS
BILL ME LATER®    PAY PAL®
WI Facility OPEN HOUSES
   
Visit our other websites:
DrsFosterSmith.com
PetEducation.com

bizrate Customer Certified Site - LiveAquaria.com Reviews at Bizrate Drs. Foster & Smith BBB Business Review McAfee Secure sites help keep you safe from identity theft, credit card fraud, spyware, spam, viruses and online scams

Visit our Retail Store  |   Tell a Friend About Us  |   Link to Us  |   Site Map  |   FREE Catalogs
Freshwater Fish | Pond Fish | Pond Plants | Brackish Fish | Freshwater Inverts | Freshwater Plants
Marine Fish | Corals | Live Rock | Tank Cleaners | Marine Inverts | Marine Plants | Diver's Den | Collector's Corner |

Copyright © 1997-2014, Foster and Smith, Inc. - 2253 Air Park Road, P.O. Box 100 Rhinelander, Wisconsin 54501 All rights reserved. Read our Terms of Use here. See our privacy policy here.
DFS22