Black Neon Tetra
|Common name||Black Neon tetra, Calypso tetra
|Scientific name||Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi|
|Synonyms||Megalamphodus axelrodi (not valid)|
|Origin||Mato Grosso area of Brazil.|
|Tank setup||Planted tank, with open shoaling space.|
|Compatibility||A peaceful fish for a community tank with other similarly peaceful fish.|
|Water chemistry||Not critical, but soft and slightly acidic preferred.|
|Feeding||Omnivorous: Flake, granules/micro-pellets and small live or frozen foods.|
|Sexing||Males slimmer, females have a deeper body.|
|Breeding||An egg-scatterer which spawns fairly readily, in open water. Eggs take just over a day to hatch.|
A hardy fish for the peaceful planted community aquarium. Adapts to a range of conditions, but soft, slightly
tannin-stained water will bring out the best colours.
Despite the common name, this is not a colour form or variant of the common Neon tetra, but a completely separate species.