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Paracheirodon axelrodi
Cardinal Tetra
Schultz, 1956

Paracheirodon axelrodi - Cardinal Tetra - One of the most well known and widely kept of all aquarium fish, due to its peaceful temperament and beautiful colouration.
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

DISTRIBUTION: This species comes from Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela

SEXUAL DIFFERENCES: Sexing cardinal tetras is not all that easy. Females tend to be fuller bodied than the slightly slimmer males

Live Cardinal Tetra 0.5"-0.75" PARACHEIRODON AXELRODI

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Live Cardinal Tetra 0.5"-0.75" PARACHEIRODON AXELRODI

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Time left: 27d 1h 5m

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.

Have you bred Paracheirodon axelrodi? Why not fill in a breeding questionaire?, or examine existing Paracheirodon axelrodi breeding reports








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