The Black Neon Tetra originally came from
Brazil. It is distinguished by red in its eye and a thin iridescent pale
green line from the eye to the tail. It is dark below this line fading to
a silvery belly. The fins are nearly colorless. It is not a black
variation of the Neon Tetra, but is a completely different species. It is
a schooling fish, like other tetras, and does better with at least 6 of its
kind. It combines nicely with other large tetras.
Live food will help induce breeding. The females are slightly broader
and larger than the males. A pair should be separated into a breeding tank
containing soft acidic water. Light should be allowed slowly into the tank
in the early morning. Eggs
will be scattered on plants and substrate. Remove the adults after breeding.
Hundreds of fry can hatch in a day and will be swimming before the week is out.
Feed the fry
infusoria or extremely small flakes after they have consumed their yolk sac.
| Scientific Name:
|| Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi
|| 23 - 26 C; 74 - 79 F
|| 4 cm; 1.5 inches
| Life Span:
- 10 years
|| Normal, Egg Layer
Black Skirt Tetra, Blind Cave Tetra, Bloodfin
Tetra, Buenos Aries Tetra, Corydoras Catfish, Diamond Tetra,
Glass Catfish, Glassfish, GloFish, Kuhli Loach, Lemon Tetra, Mollies, Platies,
Plecostomus, Red Eye Tetra, Serpae Tetra,
Silver Hatchet, Silver Tip Tetra, Swordtails, White Cloud, Zebra Danio