Tetra - Black Neon

Alternative Name
Scientific Name: Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi

Basic Info

Black Neon Tetras are small, reaching a maximum size of one and a half inches at maturity. They are black, with a red pseudo-neon strip down the middle of their body, which is where they get their name. A male Black Neon Tetra will be a little smaller than a female. Females tend to be fatter as well. The Black Neon Tetra is not a true neon, but rather it is a different species.


The Black Neon Tetra, or Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi, is a good hardy fish. It doesn't need much attention, other than observation and feeding. They need water with a temperature from 74 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, they like slightly acid to neutral water, with a pH between 5.6 and 7.5. Black Neon Tetras will eat flake food, but should also be given live foods, such as glass worms, blood worms, and brine shrimp from time to time. Breeding Black Neon Tetras aren't very easy to breed. It can be difficult to distinguish the two sexes, but females tend to be larger. Having a pH level of six will encourage the Black Neon Tetras to breed, as well as giving them live food. They will scatter their eggs.

Tetra - Black Neon picture

Fresh water fish- Their natural habitat consists of small lakes and waters of flooded forests.


The Black Neon Tetra can add an exotic flavor to your aquarium. Their reflective black bodies are beautiful to look at. Although the Black Neon Tetra suggests it, they are not a true neon. Black Neon Tetras are very peaceful and docile. They are good community fish, and, if more than one is present, they will form schools. They should be kept in groups of five or more. A group of Black Neon Tetras should be kept with other similarly sized fish. The like a moderately decorated tank, with plenty of room to swim. Several rocks, with some hiding places, driftwood and live plants are optimal.


South America


Black neon Tetras, like other Tetras, are from South America, namely, Brazil.

Common Foods


Related feeds
Dog Cat Horse Birds Fish Snake Turtle Tortoise Salamander and Newts