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Black Neon Tetra
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Black Neon Tetra (Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Black, Yellow
Diet Omnivore
Water Conditions 72-77° F, KH 4-8, pH 5.5-7.0
Max. Size 1½"
Origin Farm Raised
Family Characidae
Minimum Tank Size 10 gallons
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The Black Neon Tetra boasts one of aquaria's most beautiful and unusual coloration. The body of the iridescent Black Neon Tetra is an elegant blend of deep obsidian black paired with a contrasting bright, neon horizontal stripe of yellow-green. A fluorescent orange marking above its eyes completes the telltale markings of the Black Neon Tetra.

Praised for its peaceful nature, the Black Neon Tetra is a great addition to any soft water community aquarium. The distinct coloration of the Black Neon Tetra complements the shaded green and yellow hues of most freshwater plants. In turn, the plants offer hiding places for the Black Neon Tetra. The addition of rocks and driftwood also help mirror its natural habitat. The Black Neon Tetra thrives in slightly acidic water and will do best when water parameters are kept constant. The Black Neon Tetra is a schooling fish and will do best if kept in odd numbers of 5 or more.

To breed Black Neon Tetras, separate a pair into a "breeder tank" with no lighting at first, and then gradually increase light levels until spawning occurs. To encourage breeding, water hardness should be less than 4 KH. Live foods such as mosquito larvae are another great inducer. Be sure to remove the adult Black Neon Tetras after the eggs have been laid, as they will eat the eggs. The eggs should hatch within 30 hours.

The Black Neon Tetra 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: Small: 1/2" to 3/4"; Medium: 3/4" to 1-1/4"

Customer Testimonials

Josh W Winston-Salem , NC
These are some of the most attractive Tetra I've ever had. They are even better looking than the regular Neon Tetra.
Julie W Portland , OR
I have found these to be extremely hardy fish. They survived multiple instances of hot days in summer that killed other fish, my toddler trying to play with them, and ammonia spikes. Nothing could keep these little guys down! I highly recommend them for beginners for their ease of care, and to more seasoned aquarium keepers for their beauty and wonderful personality.
Alex M Grand Rapids , MI
I just got 4 of these little guys and they ROCK! They school a lot but some times 1 or 2 will break of and swim alone and 5 minutes later he comes back to the school. They put up with my other fish especially when they school. I recommend this fish to almost anyone with other tetras or mollies. They need AT LEAST 10 gallons any less they will be stressed and cramped.
Stephanie L Magalia , CA
These fish are absolutely beautiful in a large school. We have a school of 20. They love a planted aquarium and are hard and peaceful. Highly recommend these for a community aquarium.
Laura M Tuscon , AZ
Got 1 smaller tetra and a small guppy. They instantly took to the adult elder livebearer and adult neon tetra that I already had. It's like adults with their babies.
Alex K Ft Pierce , FL
These species of Tetras are very calm and peaceful. When in direct sunlight, their colors are very bright and beautiful! They require a basic pH level and are easy to take care of.
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