|Common name||Neon tetra, Neon
|Scientific name||Paracheirodon innesi|
|Synonyms||Hyphessobrycon innesi (not valid)|
|Tank setup||Planted tank, with peaceful tankmates|
|Compatibility||Peaceful, community - may be eaten by larger tankmates.|
|Water chemistry||Around neutral, soft to medium hard.|
|Feeding||Omnivorous: small frozen/live foods and dry foods such as flake, micro-pellets and granular foods.|
|Sexing||Males slimmer, females have a deeper body.|
|Breeding||Very soft and acidic water is recommended, though there are reports of this species,
being bred in harder water. Use Java moss or other fine-leaved plants (or a synthetic equivalent) as a spawning substrate.
Parents should be removed after spawning. Eggs hatch in around 24 hours. Feed the tiny fry on
infusoria initially, followed by brine shrimp nauplii.|
One of the most instantly recognisable fish in the hobby, they are commonly referred to as simply "Neons".
Best appreciated in a tank with a dark background or substrate. They do not always shoal together as readily as
some other species of tetras, but like other tetra species they should be kept in a shoal of at least 5-6 fish.