Black Neon Tetra Guide


The Black Neon Tetra, also known as Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi, is a native of Peru. This species is distinguished by its adjacent horizontal stripes, always a white stripe above a black stripe. Although they have a similar name as the Black Tetra, they are actually different species!

Rather small, it grows to about 1.5 inches (4 cm). Even though smallish in size and can be kept in a smaller aquarium, the Black Neon Tetra do better in schools of 6 or more fish, so having a larger tank is advisable.

The Black Neon Tetras are great community fish to have, as they ae quite peaceful and get on nicely with other fish. Other small, peaceful fish such as Glowlight Tetras and Corys make good tankmates.

Black Neon Tetras prefer soft, acidic water with an ideal pH of 5.5 to 7.5. They are hardy enough however to adapt to hard, neutral water if necessary. To bring out the maximum coloration, peat filtering is suggested. This advice also holds when breeding.

Ominivores, the Black Neon Tetras will eat a variety of food. A combination of quality flake food, frozen and fresh can be offered. They also do well with brine shrimp and bloodworms. This species is quite undemanding and will eat most things offered to them.

Telling the males from females are quite easy. The males are more long and slender, as opposed to the more rounded nature of the female body. The Black Neon Tetra is fairly easy to breed at home, so it’s good beginner fish if you are just breeding for the first time.

To breed, choose a pair of healthy fish, at least a year old. While younger fish can breed, it’s best to get a mature pair. prime the couple beforehand by feeding them high-quality flake food, along with live brine shrimp and mosquito larvae. This will get them into the breeding mode.

Prepare a separate breeding tank, with dim lighting. If low lighting is not available, place cardboard along the sides of the tank to darken it. Additionally, provide some dense plant cover as well.

When the breeding tank is ready, place the male and female in the tank. You will notice that spawning will take place earlier in the day. The female will then lay her sticky eggs along the plants. Once the eggs have been laid, promptly remove the pair of fish from the breeding tank to prevent them from eating their eggs and fry.

Fry, once hatched, can be fed regular fry food, along with finely crushed flake food and freshly hatched brine shrimp. If you are looking for a good starter, community fish, then the Black Neon Tetra is a fantastic choice.


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