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Neon Tetra Care
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Neon Tetra Care

Everyone loves these tiny little fish and you can keep in your aquariums along with most fish species. Some people when they first start keeping fish think that this fish can become a problem. In fact they will find how easy it actually is, with the right information Neon Tetra Care can become simple.

When your sat there looking into the underwater oasis which you have inside your home, these stunning fish bring so much to your aquarium. Not only do they have amazing colours with shimmering reds, blues and slivers. They also bring so much life inside your little paradise. This can become enhanced with keeping them in a large shoal.

With a general rule of thumb I’d never keep these fish in a shoal of under 5 as they can become stressed fearing for their life. These are a shoal fish so they need safety in numbers. There's a good phrase which says "Safety In Numbers."

Caring for this type of fish is mainly based on just a couple of things added together. These will make sure your fish are healthy along with happy, as you don’t want unhappy and stressed fish.

One of the main tips to help you along the way is making sure your water is kept safe. You can keep an eye on this by making sure your water tests are carried out correctly and at a regular rate.

Also another good tip is not to over feed. This quite often is seen with newbies and sometimes people who have had fish for some time.

When you feed your fish you want to make sure that you remove all the left of food after you've finished feeding. You do this by siphoning out the scraps from the substrate at the bottom. Normally you let the fish eat for about 15 minutes, after that you want to clean out the scraps.

Keeping an eye on their food is something else you need to think about. If your planning on keeping them on flakes I would say for you to get some frozen blood worm or even some dried shrimp. With changing the diet this helps with the immune system. Its the same with most animals and even humans. Also changing their food around mimics them being in their home environment a bit. As they would never be able to eat exactly the same stuff day in day, day out.

With all this said Neon Tetra care is far from hard, this fish is perfect for anyone who is starting out. Their absolutely stunning within your tank with all the amount of life they can bring. Plus the rewards are endless especially if your lucky and manage to breed them.


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I had to go to Google to confirm my 'shoal' understanding. Shallow water was what I had in mind, but it appears shoal can also mean a pack or school of fish. OK, I understand the shoal reference now. If I ever get a neon tetra fish, I'll get him some buddies, too. :-)

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  about 5 years ago
Dom Wells  

This explains why they freak out so easily sometimes as I only have 3, there were more but a couple died on the first night (I think a lot of fish sellers breed bad fish sometimes) but the 3 that lived are stoic and never have any problems, one of them is now massive

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  about 5 years ago
Dom Wells  

he did jump out of the tank once when I was putting a net in to catch a pregnant guppy, the poor guy was scared and just jumped out and landed on the floor, he sat there flapping about looking at me like "well, this didn't go so well" until I put him back in.

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  about 5 years ago

Bless that poor little fish, They just seem to look at you with a blank expiration. Many people don't know about them swimming in a shoal, so I'm glad I could pass this information onto you. The trouble when buying fish from breeders is you can't tell how they've been brought up. With young fish the extra stress in travelling and being placed into a new aquarium could cause many problems. I've had a whole shoal wipe out before.

  
  about 5 years ago

Great article about Neon Tetras. I had those in my aquarium in the past (no longer have an aquarium) and never knew these were school fish, or didn't give it much thought. I learned a lot from your article!

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  about 5 years ago

Shame to hear that you don't have and aquarium no longer. I'm glad you've learnt a lot from my article, I hope you use it in the future if you ever have an aquarium again.

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  about 5 years ago

Morgan, you sure do make this sound like fun.

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  about 5 years ago

Thank you, it is fun keeping fish. I think everyone should experience the feeling you have with an aquarium.

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  about 5 years ago
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