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How to look after
One of the most well known and widely kept of all aquarium fish, due to its peaceful temperament and beautiful colouration.
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(Other members of the genus Paracheirodon)
ADULT SIZE: 5 cm
WATER CONDITIONS: Moderately soft and acidic
TEMPERATURE RANGE: 22-28 C
FOOD: Feed Paracheirodon axelrodi live and dried foods
SEXUAL DIFFERENCES: Sexing cardinal tetras is not all that easy. Females tend to be fuller bodied than the slightly slimmer males
|(10) 0.5-1" Cardinal Tetra WILD Paracheirodon axelrodi Live Freshwater Tropical|
Current price: $35.00
Time left: 4d 14h
|Neon Tetras - Live Tropical Community Fish Tetra Paracheirodon innesi Aquarium|
Current price: $99.99
Time left: 12d 14h 4m
AQUARIUM CARE: A very common fish both in the wild and aquariums. It is probably one of the most attractive of all aquarium species. It is an ideal community species, however does prefer a shaded area of the tank, so provide floating plants. Cardinals (like neon tetras) look their best in a dark, well planted tank, in a large shoal (10-30 fish). Almost all aquarium-available fish are wild caught in Amazonia.
BREEDING: Breeding can be accomplished in soft acidic water at 24 deg C; a typical plant spawner, that requires quite specific conditions. This is a difficult fish to breed, hence their continued capture in the wild.