Black Neon Tetra

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Description of the Black Neon Tetra

The Black Neon Tetra is sometimes referred to as the Black Tetra and can be identified by its silver body with two stripes which run along the length of its body; one large black stripe and a smaller white stripe. It also has distinctive orange stripe above its eye. A schooling fish, this species prefers to be in groups of at least six.

Popular Name: Black Neon Tetra
Species: Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi

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Black Neon Tetra

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Profile of the Black Neon Tetra
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Black Neon Tetra species.

  • Size: Up to 4cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: PH 5.5 to 7.0. Temp 23 to 27 Degrees

  • Diet / Feeding: Dried, Frozen, Flaked Food, Brine Shrimp

  • Temperament: Peaceful

  • Habitat: Freshwater Streams and Lakes

  • Behaviour: Good Community Fish

  • Range: Paraguay, Brazil

Scientific Classification of the Black Neon Tetra
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi

  • Popular Name: Black Neon Tetra - Black Tetra

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Characiformes

  • Family:Characidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Black Neon Tetra?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!


Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Black Neon Tetra slimy?
Black Neon Tetra secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Black Neon Tetra to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do Black Neon Tetra have gills?
Gills enable the Black Neon Tetra to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do the Black Neon Tetra have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:

  • Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Black Neon Tetra has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Black Neon Tetra has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Black Neon Tetra has Caudal fins to propel through the water.

  • Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Black Neon Tetra has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement

Interesting Facts and Information about Black Neon Tetra

Black Neon Tetra

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  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Black Neon Tetra slimy?

  • Why do the Black Neon Tetra have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Black Neon Tetra have fins?

  • Species: Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi

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