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Neon Tetra Group (Paracheirodon innesi)
Neon Tetra Group
Please Note: Due to variations within species, your item may not look identical to the image provided. Approximate size range may also vary between individual specimen.
Please Note: Due to variations within species, your item may not look identical to the image provided. Approximate size range may also vary between individual specimen.
Neon Tetra Group (Paracheirodon innesi)

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The Neon Tetra is often described as the jewel of the aquarium hobby. It is easy to see why it is one of the most popular freshwater tropical fish. With its iridescent blue body and bright red tail, Paracheirodon innesi creates an exciting splash of color in any aquarium, especially when kept in schools of six or more.

Native to the clear water streams of South America, the Neon Tetra prefers densely planted systems with plenty of low light areas to hide. To best recreate its natural habitat, place rocks and driftwood amongst the plants for added areas of refuge. Though the Neon Tetra appreciates a sheltered environment, it will tend to swim or remain suspended in the water column in schools to create a breathtaking display of color. Extremely peaceful, the Neon Tetra should be kept with similarly non-aggressive tankmates of a similar size.

This member of the Characidae family thrives in slightly acidic water with stable water parameters. To breed Neon Tetras, separate a pair into a "breeding tank" with no lighting at first, and gradually increase lighting until spawning occurs. Water hardness should be less than 4 dH and live foods such as mosquito larvae are great inducers. Be sure to remove the adults after the eggs have been laid, as the adults will eat them. The eggs should hatch within 30 hours.

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

Approximate Purchase Size: 1/2" to 1"

Customer Testimonials

Shari H Bolingbrook , IL
I have just added my first school of eight Neon Tetras to my 55-gallon Discus tank. They are good eaters of both flake foods and frozen bloodworms. They add considerable beauty to the tank, particularly due to their size verses the normal Neon Tetra.
Tony C Saugus , MA
No community or planted tank should be without these beautiful little fish. They're peaceful, serene, and always a joy to watch. Their vivid colors are really a handsome addition to my tank.
Greg F Asbury Park , NJ
I've got 5 Neons in a planted tank. They are my first schooling fish and have become the life of the tank. They are a very hardy fish and do quite well with others in the community tank. I'd love to have more.
Matt B Loxahatchee , FL
Unfortunately, I only bought 2 of these beautiful fish, but I will buy more soon. They are extremely beautiful and hardy, not to mention, easy on the wallet.
Erika G Yucca Valley , CA
These fish are great for beginners, they are hardy and will eat anything the other fish in their tank eat. They are marvelous in a planted aquarium. By far, a must have for my aquarium.
Rick H San Francisco , CA
You should try them in a school of 20 or more - they are like jewels hanging in mid-water. Absolutely beautiful!
Juian G New York , NY
Neon Tetras make a great addition to any community tank - they add a certain color and shine and are also very friendly with other fish. I currently have 5 in my fish tank and they get along great with all the other fish!
Laura M Penns Grove , NJ
I have a few neons and will get more for my 20 gallon tank. They are with glowlight tetras, rasboras and a betta. The little neons get along with everyone!!
Brittany D Ville Platte , LA
I have a school of 7 Neons in my 29G tank & I just love them. They have bright colors & are beautiful when they swim together. It's very cute to watch them play & chase each other. They're very hardy & perfect for beginners. I used 6 of them to cycle my tank & they are now 5 months old & healthy. They eat just about anything & I find that they don't eat as much once they get older. They are mid-dwellers so they mostly stay in the middle-bottom of the tank, I rarely see them to go the surface. They are great fish to have & every aquarium should have a school of them.
Ben B Pulaski , VA
I have 8 Neon Tetras in my tank. They are great fish, very easy for beginners. I bought them in increments of 4. As soon as I put them in the tank, they schooled up with the other fish. Amazing to watch them swim together.
Will M Bristow , VA
These little guys are a must for any beginner or expert looking to add color and flare to their community tank. My school of Neon Tetras thrives in my long 20-gallon tank along with several other of my buenos aires tetras and a cory catfish. A community tank is never complete without a school of Neon Tetras!
Anthony A Agawam , MA
Dang catfish.. thats all i gotta say :(
Jamie Centennial , CO
I got five of these just yesterday, I was told they were good hardy fish. I added them into my Platy tank and they were doing well once they got used to the new scenery, even mobbed the food and made the tank even more beatiful and fun to look at...but then they got obsessed with my filter and it ate them all overnight. T_T So unless you have a fish eating filter, they seem pretty awesome to add to a tank with other friendly fish.
S D Sturbridge , MA
I could not go without these fish in my 100 gallon tank I put 36 of them in and they all swim together it's so beautiful to watch them swim around and relaxing to watch them. And easy on the wallet all came in very healthy and eating well....great colors..
Sadley I had 3 of these in my 10 gallon tank but they died because the tempeture had rised to high some how.
Kelvin T Lilbourn , MO
I have never had a community aquarium without them. They are so easy to take care for.
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