Neon Tetra 2.5cm

Cooranbong Aquatics


If you are looking to add a dash of beautiful, striking colour to your own tank, then the Neon Tetra is the fish you are looking for.

While Neon tetras do not grow too big in size, they sure pack a punch when it comes to personality and colour. This freshwater tropical fish possesses a flashy and reflecting body with a dash of fiery red towards it tail, making it look like a flash of lightning as it zips past in the aquarium. But while the colours of a Neon Tetra can seem intimidating with amount of powerful colour, it itself is of a shy nature, preferring densely planted, low light systems with lots of places to hide behind. Neon tetras also love to swim in schools with a bunch of other specie mates which makes for a breathtaking sight And should never be kept singly as they will become timid and scared and will probably spend most of there time hiding.

In the right conditions Neon Tetras will regularly spawn thought the tanks and you might even see a couple of babies, but unfortunately neon tetras love to eat there own eggs and young as do most other fish. If any success is to be had breeding them you will need a densely planted tank with lower light so that you give the babies a fighting chance or you can remove the adults once they spawn.

Neon tetras also have the added benefit of not being a fin nipper in most situation s which means you can keep with with allot of other fish as long as they cant be eaten.

A good diet for Neon Tetras will consist of some frozen food such as brine shrimp and blood worms with so small pellets of flakes. This will give the fish a well rounded diet and all the nutrients they need. 

Considering its lovable nature and gorgeous colour, there is little doubt why the Neon Tetra is one of the most popular buys in the pet aquarium fish hobby. Whether and experienced Fish keeper or a beginner they a perfect in so many situations.


  • Scientific name: Paracheirodon innesi
  • Temperament: Peaceful
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum Tank Size: 30 litres
  • Water Conditions: 24-28C,KH 4-8, pH 6.0-7.0
  • Max size: 4.5cm
  • Diet: Omnivore
  • Food recommended: Respashy, Flakes , granules, Frozen foods
  • Origin: Asia
  • Family: Characidae