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Characins - Tetra - Black neon tetra
(Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi - )

Black neon tetra (Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi) > Quick Stats
Scientific Name: Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi
Origin: Paraguay basin of southern Brazil
Adult Size: 1.5
Social: Community
Lifespan: 3 Years
Tank Level: Smaller
Diet: Variety of small foods
Breeding: Medium
Care: Easy
pH: Slightly Acid (6.6)
Temperature: Range: 72-82 F
Availability: Medium


Diet/Food & Feeding Habits

    Despite its common name, it does not particularly resemble the neon tetra, which belongs to a different genus.

Compatibility/Tankmates:

    Black neons should be kept in groups of at least 4-6 other black neon tetras.

Sexing:

    Can be difficult to determine, female may be more full bodied.

Breeding/Spawning:

    Not one of the easiet fish to breed at home, the female Black neon is rounder and plumper than the male. When she is ready to breed you will see a increase in her girth. They are a typical Egg scatterer, requiring soft, acidic and very clean water. Failures in breeding are in most cases due to unsuitable water conditions.

Coloration/Fins:

    This species is of typical elongated tetra appearance; it is of plain basic coloration but with two distinct, adjacent longitudinal stripes, white above black. The eyes are large and the Iris is topped with a bright red semi circle.

Habitat/Care/Maintenance:

    Black neon tetras should be kept in soft acidic water, which should be kept clean at all times. Their tank should contain live plants, a darker substrate and open water for swimming.

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References/Further Reading

Berra, T. M. 2001. Freshwater Fish Distribution. Academic Press. San Diego, CA
Gery, J. 1977 Characoids of the World. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, NJ. 672 pp.
Hubbs, C. L. and K. F. Lagler. 1947 (and other editions). Fishes of the Great Lakes Region. Cranbrook Institute of Science, Bulletin No. 26.
Moyle, P.B. and J. J. Cech, Jr. 2000. Fishes: An Introduction To Ichthyology, 4th Edition. Prentice Hall, New Jersey.
Myers, G.S. 1972 The Piranha Book: an account of the ill-famed piranha fishes of the rivers of tropical South America. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, NJ. 128 pp.
Nelson, J. S. 1994. Fishes of the World, 3rd edition. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York, New York.
Page, L. M. and B. M. Burr. 1991. Peterson Field Guides: Freshwater Fishes. Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, Mass.
Paxton, J. R. and W. N. Eschmeyer. 1998. Encyclopedia of Fishes. Academic Press, San Diego, CA.
Shulte, W. 1988 Piranhas in the Aquarium. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, NJ. 128 pp.