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Neon Tetra Tips

Neon Tetra

From: Bronwyn
Tetras are probably one of the easiest fish to keep as far as I'm concerned. I've never known a huge amount about keeping tropical fish but whenever I've had a tank setup I've had Neon tetras and have always had a very good survival rate (besides the possible couple lost to bigger fish). All I'd say is when you change the water, make sure you put a quick cycle product and an anti-chlorine product into the water. You should have great success after this. One thing I have found though is that children have a tendancy to put their fingers into the water and this can cause problems!

From: Connor
Try to keep a school of neon tetras or they could get into TROUBLE! They also don't like silver sharks in their tanks! I got 8 neons , after 2 days 3 died and 2 have been eaten by my silver shark called Timmytummy. I also have 1 apple snail that cleans the tank and eats the bacteria and dead fish.

From: Calvin
Neons are simple. If you don't want to have to check water parameters, put lots of porous driftwood in the tank. This will create a blackwater environment similar to their wild habitat. Put some plants in and your tank will do even better.

From: Vincent
I have a 25 gallon tank with 5 white cloud mountain minnows, 3 cherry barbs, 5 rummy nose tetras and 9 neon tetras. I am close or I am at my max, but might still add a couple of bottom feeders. I have a planted environment with a grapevine trunk which adds a slight brown tone to the water. I change 4 gallons of H2O every four days. Have been feeding flake food and occasional frozen goodies. Have not lost a fish yet. I started with a small fish tank, less than 3 gallons, but do not recommend it for school fish. There simply is not enough water for a stable environment and multiple fish.

From: Gary
Neon tetras are wonderful little fish. I keep 12 of them in an established 10 gallon, well-planted tank. Since I have hard well water with a pH of around 8.5, I have to get distilled water for the neon tank to keep the pH and hardness within their range. I have heard that adding peat moss to the filter will help to soften the water and lower the pH but haven't tried it yet, since distilled water is really pretty inexpensive. I use black gravel for the substrate and have a darkly colored background. I also have a few ghost shrimp in the tank to help clean the bits of food from the gravel, since the fish don't much like feeding from the bottom. These little fish are great fun to watch as they shoal around the tank, but I wouldn't recommend them for someone just starting out.

From: Anonymous
I currently keep 4 neon tetras in a five gallon tank with one platy. They do just fine. However, I recommend getting at least 6 for a nice shoal and keeping them in a 10 gallon tank or larger for full appreciation. These little fish are hard to breed, but easy to care for as long as you have the right water parameters (i.e., softer water). Good luck keeping these little beauties!

From: Tom H.
Some people say that you need 6 or more neon tetras in a tank. That is not the case in my 33 gallon tank. I have 1 neon tetra, 6 harlequin rasboras, about 14 platys (3 adult, 11 babies), a clown loach, 2 chinese algae eaters and a snail. My neon gets along great with my 6 harlequins and they don't bother it what so ever. I don't think that my neon would need any more of it's kind since it looks perfectly healthy and it has even brighter colors than in other tanks I have seen at the store, or other tanks.

From: Kimberly
It was recommneded to me and it has worked really well, to use bottled drinking water. Not the distilled water, just drinking water. It will have all the correct settings for neons, as well as being easy to determine exactly how much water you are changing each week.
Might not be a bad idea for smaller tanks, but may be cost prohibitive for larger tanks.

From: Wendy B.
Just started in this great hobby. 75 Liter aqua one tank. 10 now 9 neon tetra's and one bristlenose, plus two mystery snails. My Question: Should my Tetras be very pale and faded in the mornings? Their colour returns quickly after I turn the aquarium lights on in the AM but initially the red tail is white. Water parameters are as advised on this great site. Looking forward to your replies.
If your water parameters are in line and you're giving them a good quality and varied diet, they should be fine. Many species assume different colorations and markings depending on their mood and the situation, in this case, night time.

From: Christie
I have four neon tetras and just added three glo-lite tetras. It seemed that they all became instant best friends. Within 5-10 minutes they were all swimming together. With the black gravel and fluorescent lite they all look so beautiful. I recommend tetras for all beginners like myself.

From: Chris
We had 6 Neons but due to water problems we lost 5 of them. After we got the water right we added another 5 and they school with our 7 glowlights and look great.

From: SDMatt
I've found that the Neons I've kept had a hard time with hard water (high KH). Southern California tap water is extremely hard. I managed to keep my neons healthy by using softer water. Just make sure it's not too soft, as it's hard to manage PH in water that is extremely soft (too few buffers)

From: Jabe
I have a large aquarium and got a great bargain on Neon Tetras - 20 for only $20. I ended up with 21 as they are hard to count! Within a matter of hours a few had died. By the next morning I fished out 7 of them. Every morning I would get up and fish out the latest casualties. All my other fish were fine (danios, corydoras, clown loaches). After three days I only had one neon tetra left. A month later he is still alive!! The fish I paid for all died and the free one survived. I still have no idea what killed the others - I know they're sensitive but for one to survive is strange. I suspect he was up to no good... I've named him Killer.

Author : Mike FishLore

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