Neon Tetra ( Paracheirodon Innesi ) is one of the most known and most sought-after species among aquarium fish. These small-sized fish are preferred for aquariums that mostly feed tropical fish . Therefore, they live in harmony with many fish species . In addition, with their impressive appearance and harmonious structures, they are ideal fish especially for those who are new to the aquarium hobby. For the arc and feature color with s many neon fish There are three types . Among these ; We can count types such as Gold Neon Tetra, Black Neon Tetra, Diamond Head Neon Tetra, Green Neon Tetra and Long-Fin Neon Tetra.
The homeland of neon fish is known as Southeast Colombia and Western Brazil. The Latin names of these fish, which are generally referred to as Neon Tetra , are ” Paracheirodon Inn “. Flocks of Neon Tetra fish , which act as a herd in nature , may become overcrowded in some periods and the main reason for this is breeding. Reproduction in times of numbers in it increases , the aspect ratio of water in increasing the period possible to watch a visual feast.
It was thanks to the local people that neon tetra fish became popular outside their homeland. Because the people gave the fish they caught from the rivers to the fish sellers in exchange for money or anything else. In this way , the import of Neon fish started and after a while they became a known and popular freshwater fish worldwide.
As we mentioned before, Neon fish species are small-sized creatures and the maximum length they can reach is 3-4 cm. between. However, this applies to natural habitats. Neon Tetras that feed on aquarium conditions , on average, extend up to 2 cm. Again, these fish live in rivers with low mineral waters, and these rivers usually feed on rainwater. The most prominent physical properties are the presence of bright and illuminated strip lines. This line may disappear at rest times. Even those who include Neon Tetra in their aquarium may notice that the bright color of their fish dims after a while when they turn off the aquarium lights.
These as well as the Neon Tetra fish life in the aquarium average is between 5 and 10 years. In addition, it is recommended to have plants in their aquariums to be healthy and long lasting.
Neon Tetras are peaceful fish. Therefore , they can be fed with other compatible fish species . However, if desired, they can be fed as a single species. However, it should not be forgotten that Neon Tetra species live in herds in nature and the most ideal is that they are with other compatible species in the aquarium. Otherwise, only fish can get stressed out and spend most of the day hiding. It is recommended to create groups of at least four fish in the Neon Tetra aquarium . Guppies are the leading fish species living with neon fish. In addition, species such as moly, swordtail, red cherry shrimp, ghost shrimp, rasbora and cardinal tetra are also good aquarium friends for Neon fish.
The optimum water temperature for neon fish is between 22-24 degrees Celsius . It is also very important to keep the pH level between 6.5 and 7.5 in order to lead a healthy life. Aquarium water needs to be changed once a week as they live in rivers that feed on rainwater in natural life . Again, 20% -30% water change once a week will be sufficient for these fish. However, if the water change is made directly from tap water, other aquarium fish may be negatively affected. Because tap water of chlorine and heavy metals can be dangerous. So water , should rest as much as possible, and then the change should go. Also, since Neon Tetra fish love soft water, attention should be paid to the decoration materials in the aquarium. Because some aquarium accessories such as stones and rocks can harden the water. In addition , accessories that have a yellowing effect such as mangrow root will be appreciated by these fish.
The small size of neon tetra fish does not mean that the aquariums will also be small. Neon fish should be fed in large-volume aquariums if possible . Because in such aquariums, they can set larger areas for them and feel safer. Again for this type, the lighting in the aquarium should not be too high. For these fish that live a little above the ground, it is sufficient that the environment is dim. We already have the opportunity to see the most pleasant cases when we turn off the aquarium lights during the day .
Neon Tetra Nutrition
Neon fish are not very picky about food . They can consume many baits that are large enough to fit in their mouths. Accordingly, it is sufficient to dry it with dry flake food or granulated feeds twice a day, morning and evening. However, it is not right to focus on high protein fish feeds in the diets of these fish . Weight proteins in the morning hours , in the evening feeding baits with added plant is ideally suited s.
In addition to dry fish feeds, 1-2 times a week live food will be beneficial for neon fish nutrition. In this sense , artemia, flea and bloodworm can be given as live fish feed . But as in all species of fish neon fish a must given the feed as they could consume. This is important both for the health of the fish and for maintaining the values of aquarium water.
Producing these fish under aquarium conditions is a very laborious task. However, it is known that products such as mango root should be used in order to create a suitable environment for the production of Neon Tetra . In addition to these products, there is a need for water rich in humic acid, a pH level of 6.5 and a water temperature of 24 degrees Celsius. In addition, much better yield is obtained from reproduced fish for reproduction.
Fishes that are ready to spawn for the breeding of fish are taken to the aquarium where appropriate values are created. Again, in this aquarium, broad-leaved aquarium plants must be present. Appropriate oxygen and flow should be provided with the help of a pipe filter . However, attention should be paid to reducing the flow during spawning and then increasing it until the juvenile fish come out. With the emergence of the pups while flow should be reduced again.