Aquarium Fish

Green Neon Tetra

The Green Neon Tetra (Paracheirodon simulans) looks very similar to the regular Neon Tetra but only reaches about an inch (2 cm) in size. They will do better when kept in small schools of 7 or more and in slightly acidic and soft water conditions.

Green Neon Tetras are not seen in the trade as often as the regular neons or cardinal tetra. Hobbyists sometimes confuse all three species. If you do want to try your hand at keeping these tetras, do a slow drip acclimation over the period of an hour or longer and feed them a high quality diet and keep the tank water in good condition, e.g. keep the nitrates on the low side. They will do great in heavily planted aquariums.

Green Neon Tetra

Green Neon Tetra Video

Green Neon Tetra Care

Scientific Name : Paracheirodon simulans

Common Names : Green Neon Tetra, False Neon Tetra

Care Level : Easy

Size : up to 1 inch (2 cm)

Water Parameters : pH 5.5 - 6 | Temperature : 73°F - 80°F (23°C - 27°C)

Lifespan : 2 to 3 years, possibly longer

Origin / Habitat : South America, Upper Negro and Orinoco River basins

Temperament / Behavior : The Green Neon Tetra gets big and needs to be kept with similar sized species in a large aquarium.

Green Neon Tetra Breeding : Open water / substratum egg scatters. (ref: fishbase).

Aquarium Size : 10 to 20 gallon (schooling fish)

Green Neon Tetra Tank Mates : Does well when kept in species only tanks or with other small fish species.

Fish Disease : Freshwater Fish Disease

Diet / Foods : Will accept a micro type pellet food (NLS) or smaller flake foods. Supplement with dapnia, thawed brine shrimp, etc.

Tank Region : Middle to upper levels.

Gender : Not sure how to tell males from female.

Photo Credit: Cinh (wikimedia)

Author : Mike FishLore




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