General DescriptionNeons are a beautiful small fish with a bright blue/green stripe along their bodies, followed by a red band around their
middle stretching to their tail. The adult males are slightly smaller and slimmer than the females.
DistributionThe Neon tetra is native to blackwater or clearwater streams in southeastern Colombia, eastern Peru, and western Brazil.
Size4 cm (1.5 in)
Life spanUp to 10 years
DifficultyIntermediate. The difficulty lies in preventing the build up of nitrate levels.
BehaviourPeaceful and best kept in schools of 6 or more
Tank Size5 gallon or larger
Tank RegionMostly middle to bottom
Temperature69F - 79F (21C - 26C)
DietOmnivore - will eat many food items including flakes, pellets and live foods.
ReproductionThey are difficult to breed in the home aquarium.
pH5 to 7.5
Water Hardness(dH)1 to 10