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Neon Tetra (Paracheirodon innesi)


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Common Name: Neon Tetra
Proper Name: Paracheirodon innesi
Category: Characins
Temperature: 24 - 28 C
Temperament Schooling
Maximum Size: 4 cm
 
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Great fish, I keep them in a group of 8 along with 8 black tetras and 8 silvertip tetras. They appear to respond well to each other as well as other fish, though I did end up with half of one, as my Angelfish decided it was food, sucked it and but promptly spat it back out, with its tail missing. Relatively cheap to buy which is good for starters.
 
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I tried to them several times; they all seem to be dying on me. Other fish are doing well, but these I can not keep alive longer then a month.
 
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i have been told to help there survival rates to keep them in there water for awhile and just drip your aquarium water in it for about an hour.
 
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i cant keep these guys alive for longer than a week, but i think its because i used quick cure rid ick in the tank, anyhow will try them 1 more time once tank is clear of rid ick.
 
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I love these fish! In the begining I must have killed at least 20, but as my tank aged and my acclimation style improved I was able to keep them alive. I had a 3-4 year old neon, so he was my longest surviver. I currently have 4 in a community tank, and even though they are the smallest fish in tank, with the biggest being an opaline gourami, they are full of personalty. They don't usually swim together, and compete for food well. If there is someone out there who has not owned a neon, you should get some.
 
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We have had neon tetra in a community tank for about 6months, They are still one of my favorite in the tank. They are schooling fish so I have 9At the moment, Have lost maybe three in the start. Its amazing how they grow compared to when you first get them :) . All in all a Very Nice, Placid fish 0-0
 
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Neons are more sensitive to chlorine than my other fish. I do an 80% water change about once a week. I put in some dechorinator, waited about 10 minutes and then put the hose in and filled the tank back up. I changed my routine by filling the tank half way, waiting 15 minutes and then filling the rest. after that I stopped loosing neons.
 
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in essence a hardy fish. but due to inbreeding in asian fish farms they are somewhat weak. very prone to genetic disorders easy to lay eggs (after WC of a lower temp) but they eggs are light sensitive and the fry survival rate is not great. best kept at 22-23 C and in a group of 15-20 minimum
 
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what should i feed them when they are really small? pm me please!
 
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I first got 10 of these little guys and 7 of them survived. The three that died did so within the first few days. My Leporanis may have had something to do with that, but the 7 of them have done very well. They are about 8 months old and seem to be very hardy now. They have grown a fair bit and I'm looking to double their numbers soon to 15. They just float around, usually together in groups of three or more. They seem to happily eat whatever is floating by. I have smaller flakes that they are big enough to gulp in, and they will nibble at larger ones and also some bottom feeder food I have for the Cory's.
 
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i keeping them for more than 120 days haveing about 70-80 in 220G tank only i had 3-5 death reset all worked well it very nice fish
 
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Do you need water softener to keep neon tetras?
 
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Cool fish. I have three and they are doing well. They are very peaceful. :)
 
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buy at least 10 as half will die when you get them home very priety but easily die when under stress
 
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Very hardy, dependable little guys. I really have grown to like them. I bought maybe 6 of them for my 10gal and 2 years later, 2 of them are still alive. They are the oldest fish in my tank. Give them lots of room to hide, as they have a tendency in my tank to be hiding in the rocks one day and swimming near the heater the next. They are very vibrant, but they do NOT school well in small aquariums. If you want that, move them to a 20gal or larger. Question: Can they be kept in a 1.5gal? PM me.
 
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I had a school of 7 in my 29 gallon tank ... They thrived with my well water ( which is hard water )I liked to watch them feed off the surface .
 
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I used to think these were an overrated fish until I got 8 of them for my 29. I brought them home and within a few hours in my tank, they began to get brilliant coloration, and over a year later, they are still alive and happy. I liked them so much I went back and got 2 more to make a school of 10, so far, only 1 fatality (for some reason he didn't eat and starved to death). I've had trouble with keeping other fish in my tank, but these guys have been there from the start, and just keep on chuggin' along just fine. I highly recommend giving them a try in your tank--if your water parameters are right, they will thrive no matter what.
 
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I have been keeping these fish for about 15 years and have never experienced nor heard of these types of losses from friends that keep them. Other than very small ones being sucked into a filter intake this is a very hardy beginner fish.
 
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Love these fish esp when they school makes for an interesting display.
 
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I have neverreally had any problems with these fish, uness they were sick prior to my purchase of them, or I had a swing in water parameters. I love the colors of these fish, and they do double duty as my tank canarys. For the last 5 months I maintained a school of 4 survivors (columnaris visited a while back and took a quarter of my population with it) I recently added 3 more to fill the school out. I now have 7 of them in my 15 gallon tank. Once settled, these fish are extremely hardy, IME. Easy to care for.
 
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Mine is very moody. At times the 10 of them swam loosely in the 20 gallon. Sometimes they swim in very tight schools. Really cool.
 
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My neons were REALLY healthy when I got them. The weird thing is that when checking out at the store, the checkout person probably tipped the bag with the fish in it twice on the counter and they were completely fine. I floated them in the bag in my tank for maybe 2 hours and they were immediately schooling and even ate the day I put them in which is a really good sign according to a few of my friends. They are fun to watch and I would highly recommend them to anyone.
 
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I have 10 in my 50 gal tank with 8 glow lights and 3 cardnals and a bunch of other fish. I have a lot of problems keeping the PH increased and I guess that has been good for the tetras. Most of been alive for over 5 years. I never have a problem adding more to the tank and the new fish surviving. I am worried however that my Angel fish I have has gotten pretty big and will he start to try to eat them, but then again the Neon are full size also.

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