Likes with flowing water hide one of the brightest and most eye catching fishes the Neon fish (Innes Paracheirodon). This species is found in western Brazil, Colombia, northern Peru, on the headwaters of the Amazon. What makes him so appealing is his bright stripe designed to help the male to find a partner in the dark waters. Among aquarium enthusiasts, neon fish is one of the most common fish in the aquarium.
Belonging to the family of salmon the neon fish carp originating in the up stream of the Amazons River. The bright steel color stretches on his body from the eye to the tail as a stripe, whose luster is like a flashing neon tube which makes his body color glow. Even the sex of fish can be seen after this stripe: the stripe is straight for males and on the female one, it loops a little along the abdominal area, making them take a more rounded shape.
Being so peaceful and adaptable the neon fish lives in a variety of groups which makes them easy to maintain. They can grow to a length of 3 to 3.5 centimeters. They do not need hot water (having it at 20 ° C is good, but the optimum temperature is between 20-24 ° C) which doesn’t make them too sensitive. In terms of hardness, it’s good to know that water that is too hard can affect their reproductive system by harming them. That means that the eggs deposited in water that is too hard, will not get too many offspring’s. Very important to keep into account when populating an aquarium with neon fish is that they require a large swimming area, and rich vegetation, that can offer them protection.
How to breed neon fish?
Once believed that it is very hard to reproduce neon fish in aquarium water this is not necessarily true anymore. Undoubtedly, if the grown fish do not reproduce in a few days, after placing them in the maternity aquarium, we shouldn’t force them. In general we can say that their reproduction is not a sensitive issue. You only need a 5-liter aquarium with water 21-23 ° C, 1-3 ° hardness and 6.5 NK PHS. In the middle of the breeding aquarium you should place a plant; these won’t be the only place where you will find eggs, but you will find them also scattered throughout the aquarium.
Breeding pairs moves into action in the evening so try not to disturb them too much. Do not forget to protect the tank from natural light. Soon, the female will deposit 120-160 eggs. After this, remove the pair from the aquarium and put them back in the main tank. In this way, you protect the small fish that hatch after a day. They can feed on plankton. In the fourth week of development of these fish, streaks appear on the body and they are large enough to be moved to a bigger tank. In the eighth week, when they entirely got colored, you can put them back with the others.
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