|Common name||Cardinal tetra
|Scientific name||Paracheirodon axelrodi|
|Synonyms||Cheirodon axelrodi (not valid)|
|Origin||South America: Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela|
|Tank setup||A well planted tank with a dark background will show these colourful tetras at their best.|
|Water chemistry||Very soft and acidic preferred, but captive-bred fish will tolerate medium hard and alkaline water.|
|Feeding||Omnivorous: Flake, granular foods and micro-pellets, supplemented with small live and frozen foods.|
|Sexing||Males are slimmer than females.|
|Breeding||Very 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.|
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.