Common name/s: Black Neon Tetra
Scientific name: Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi
Origin: South America
Maximum size: 1.75" (4.5cm)
Care: Keep in groups of at least 6-8. They prefer slightly acidic water. They should be kept at 72-79f (22-26c).
Feeding: They will accept most available flake foods, but relish live meaty foods, such as tubifex or bloodworm.
Sexing and breeding: Although they have the same colouration as the males, females are fuller/plumper in the body. These fish are egg scatterers, and are very easy to breed. Good for the novice fish breeder.
Comments: These look very effective in large groups, and have a gold-to-faint-green band on their body that reflects beautifully in the right light.