Neon TetraCountry of Origin: 🇺🇸USA
Neon Tetra (Paracheirodon Innesi) are freshwater fish of the family Characidae. They naturally reside in the blackwater and clear water streams in the Amazon basin of South America.
Due to their vibrant colors and ease of care, Neon Tetras have grown to become one of the most popular fish among fish keepers.
They grow to an approximate length of 1.5 inches (4cm), and hence require a tank size of 20 gallons if you’re keeping 15 Neon Tetras which is the number recommended per tank.
Replicating the Neon Tetras’ natural environment into the aquarium is very crucial to their well-being. The aquarium should be heavily planted to help create hiding places for them. Water temperatures of between 70°F to 81°F should be used in the tank with pH levels below 7.0 and above 6.0.
The Neon Tetras are non-aggressive, community fish that should generally be kept in schools with at least 15 fish. Their peaceful and docile nature helps them get along with most other species.
They can have a lifespan of as long as ten years in the wild or two to five years in an Aquarium.
Neon Tetras are omnivores and will accept meaty foods and vegetables. They are not fussy eaters are will therefore enjoy eating all different types of foods including pellets, flakes, frozen and live foods.
Neon Tetras most favorite foods include;
- Micro Wafers
- Brine shrimps,
- Freeze-dried bloodworms,
Micro pellets should be added to their diet as supplements.
Neon Tetras are generally very peaceful fish which makes them perfect community fish. They get along with most species and can be paired with other non-aggressive fish that are not big enough to eat them.
The ideal tank mates for the Neon Tetra are;
Frequently Asked Questions
How many Neon Tetras should be kept together?
The Neon Tetras are community fish and are better kept in groups of 10 fish. Smaller schools than this can feel threatened and hence cause stress among the fish. An aquarium that is at least 10 gallons is required for this number of them.
Do Neon Tetras need light at night?
Neon Tetras do not need light at night. For your fish to sleep, light scheduling is vital and if the light is on all the time, sleeping could get difficult for the fish. Too much light may deprive the fish of sleep and give it stress which could result in death. They however require 12 to 14 hours of lighting to maintain the right circadian rhythm.
Scientific Name: Paracheirodon innesi
Size Range: .5-1.5”
Breeding: Egg layers
Temperament: Docile, community
While this is a rare occurrence, it can and will happen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that every one will arrive alive or remain alive. We do ask that if your fish arrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag within 2 hours of the delivery time of your fish. We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem.
We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We can replace fish but shipping costs is the responsibilityof the buyer. If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures,within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolve the issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
Most Shipments will be UPS Next Day Air unless otherwise noted. Processing fish for your order can take up to 2 business days. This is to ensure your fish and healthy, happy, and ready to be put in your tank when it arrives. We ship fish on Mondays- Wednesday (excluding holidays) to ensure fish arrive before weekends. This allows us to completely prepare the fish for shipping and ensure they are healthy prior to arrive at your door. All fish will be shipped with oxygenated water and specific additives in the water to ensure they maintain their health and stability during shipment. Depending on the species of fish and current weather conditions, the fish may arrive with a heat pack or ice pack to maintain the optimal temperature which further ensures the health and safety of your fish. All costs of shipping (postage, packaging,heat/ice packs, etc.) are included in the Shipping fee. We ship to only the continental United States.
"The fish I received do not look like the fish in thepicture. Why is this?"
- We typically take photographs of one or two fish when we initially get them in. Since we have a large quantity of most of the various species of fish, it would be understandably impossible to provide a picture ofevery individual fish with a specific species. For some of our more rare orlarger fish, the picture listed may be the actual fish that you are receiving.If this is the case, it will be designated by ?WYSIWYG?, meaning ?what you see,is what you get?.
"What happens if my fish arrive dead?"
- While this is a rare occurrence, it can and willhappen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that everyone will arrive alive or remain alive. We do ask that if your fisharrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag.We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem. We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We will reship any replacement fish at the buyer's expense. If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures, within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolvethe issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
"What if I'm not home when the fish arrive?"
- We will always provide you with a tracking number. While the fish are packaged to survive about 72+ hours within the shipping containers, we do ask that you make arrangements to arrive home to inspect your fish as soon as possible after they are delivered to your home. Itis always suggested to provide an area for the delivery person to place the boxthat is out of direct sunlight or extreme temperatures.
"What do I do with my fish once I've unpacked them?"
- Like you would with any new fish, let the entire bag float in your tank for 15-30 minutes. This allows the temperature withinthe bag to adjust to the same as your tank and will reduce temperature shock onthe fish. After this time, you can add all of the fish and water that is in thebag into your tank. The products used within the water for shipping will notharm any existing fish within your tank and actually makes the transition foryour new fish a bit easier. After this, expect your new fish to take a few daysto become fully adjusted, this includes hiding, floating at the top, sinking tothe bottom, and not eating. After a few days, your new fish should be acting aswimming like they normally would. At this point, enjoy your aquarium!
"I want to return my new fish because x,y,z?"
- Unfortunately, we are unable to accept returns.We do recommend contacting us via email with yourorder number and as much information as possible. We will try to assist you inresolving whatever the issue may be.
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