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This is a tropical fish site for all tropical fish enthusiasts from beginner to expert. It has some nice tropical fish pictures and will hopefully have something of interest for all freshwater and marine fish keepers. These tropical fish pages provide some information about some of my favourite fish, along with tropical fish pictures of them. I have kept fish for many years now, ranging from community to marine. Over this period I have been drawn towards catfish, and the cichlids, which I must confess, through there antics have become my favourites. I now keep African and American cichlids, along with some catfish and plecs.

 
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Cardinal Tetra

Picture of Cardinal Tetras
Common nameCardinal tetra
Scientific nameParacheirodon axelrodi
SynonymsCheirodon axelrodi (not valid)
Size2" (5cm)
OriginSouth America: Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela
Tank setupA well planted tank with a dark background will show these colourful tetras at their best.
CompatibilityPeaceful, community.
Temperature22-26oC (72-79oF)
Water chemistryVery soft and acidic preferred, but captive-bred fish will tolerate medium hard and alkaline water.
FeedingOmnivorous: Flake, granular foods and micro-pellets, supplemented with small live and frozen foods.
SexingMales are slimmer than females.
BreedingVery soft (<3 dGH), acidic water required. The parents should be removed after spawning, which usually occurs in the evening. Around 500 eggs are laid which hatch in about 24 hours.
Comments A very popular tetra that is similar to the Neon tetra, but has more red on the lower part of the body, where the Neon is silver. A large shoal of these fish makes for a spectacular sight in a well-planted tank.


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