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Black Neon Tetra

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Black Neon Tetra Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi

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.

Black Neon Tetra Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi
Scientific Name: Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi
Family: Characin
Temperature: 23 - 26 C; 74 - 79 F
pH 6.7
Size: 4 cm; 1.5 inches
Life Span: 5 - 10 years
Breeding: Normal, Egg Layer


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