neon tetra

The neon tetra is one of the most popular aquarium fish. Every time you go to the aquarium store, your gaze may land on an aquarium full of small blue and red striped fish. Which looks very nice in the company. If you change the viewing angle, you will see that their color changes as well, which is one of the reasons for the neon tetra's popularity. They have a horizontal blue stripe that runs from the nose to the base of the adipose fin and a red stripe that runs from midbody to the base of the caudal fin. Neon fishnet stockings are completely transparent except for these markings. At night, these stripes turn silver at rest and change color in the morning. They are cheap and readily available.
The Neon Tetrafish is a small breed and you should group them in a group of 10 or more. The larger the group, the more beautiful it will be in your aquarium. These fish will add activity and color to your aquarium. Don't add 1-2 as they can feel threatened, jittery and lose color. These fish love many plants and like to hide in aquarium decorations such as leaves when threatened. So add lots of live plants and shelters as decoration. Don't put them with larger or aggressive fish like angelfish or they will eat or bully you. They are peaceful and can coexist with other fish of the same size. They like water without nitrates, change 25% of the water once a week.
Temperature: 21 to 27 degrees Celsius (70 to 81 degrees Fahrenheit)
Aquarium size: at least 10 liters.
Size: 1 inch
Food: Omnivore, can eat brine shrimp, water fleas, most flakes.
pH: 5 - 7
Reproduction: egg litter
Lifespan: 5 years+

Breed neon tetras at home
Breeding the neon tetra is quite difficult. Prepare for breeding at nine months of age. Breeding a neon tetra is not an easy task, especially for a beginner. However, under certain circumstances it is possible. This is one of the reasons neon tetras are imported into the United States. However, a flock of neon hens can produce hundreds of eggs per month. The female prepares to lay eggs every 2 weeks. But many eggs and brood either do not develop or are eaten by other mates or relatives. But you can succeed if you do it right.
For breeding you need a separate aquarium:
You need a separate aquarium to breed neon tetras. Once the eggs are fertilized, you can remove the parents as soon as possible. Buy a 10 liter breeding tank. The aquarium should not contain gravel or sand. You can use a rock to cover the bottom of the aquarium at least 2-3 inches. You must have a lid to cover the tank or the neon tetra may pop out when spawning. Remove any other fish or snails or they will eat the eggs. It is recommended to sterilize any food you add to the aquarium by boiling it for up to 20 minutes. Adds subtle texture to aquatic plants. If possible, water with dated water.

Run an aquarium filter through old water to create colonies of beneficial bacteria. Insert the sponge filter very slowly, closing the ends tightly. Add male and female grouse at night. You can add a breeding mop to the aquarium. Some aquarists let the nitrogen level rise and then do a 50% water change to simulate rain. As happens in the Amazon, which is the natural home of neon tetras. Neon tetras were observed spawning in the morning. Use a dim light or cover the aquarium to block out excess light. Eggs are sensitive to light and can be damaged by light. Set the aquarium heater to 70-72 degrees Fahrenheit. Feed them live food half the time to induce spawning. You can feed them mosquito larvae, worms or Artemia.
Pay attention to the spawning behavior:
The male neon tetra courts the female by swimming around her in a square pattern, making short, jerky movements with shorter periods of movement. A decrease in the girth of the females and a decrease in their interest in each other indicates the completion of spawning. The eggs can be seen if you look closely. After spawning, remove the parents from the aquarium. In captivity, they can lay 40-50 eggs. But not all eggs turn into fry. The eggs hatch within 24-30 hours. After 3-4 days, the young fish begin to swim freely.

Feed the grill
Neon tetra eggs are very small and can be fed to ciliates. Infusoria will do as needed, but you can give them rotifers and egg yolks for 1-4 weeks. Change 20% of the water every week after hatching. In a month the braai will start coloring.
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