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The Neon Black Tetra is also known as the Black Tetra or Black Neon. The Neon Black Tetra is a peaceful shoaling species and enjoys a planted aquarium in groups of 6 or more. Suited to beginner aquarists this energetic fish has a unique black stripe down the body.

Native to the Paraguay basin of southern Brazil found in small tributaries, creeks, and flooded forest floor. 


Features of Neon Black Tetra's:

  • A white to greenish neon stripe contrasted with a black color below
  • Slightly deeper bodied than other neon tetra's
  • Energetic and active swimmers 
  • Grows up to 4cm

The Best Aquarium Size for Neon Black Tetra's:

The minimum tank size for a small group of Neon Black Tetra's is 50L. The Neon Black Tetra will occupy the top to middle water column in the aquarium.

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Tank Mate Compatibility:

The Neon Black Tetra are a shoaling fish and should be kept in schools of 6 or more. This species does well with other similarly sized and peaceful community fish.

Great tank mates for Neon Black Tetra's include:

 Coburg Aquarium, specialize in a large range of species of live fish.

Feeding :

Neon Black Tetra's are omnivores and should have a varied diet for optimal health. They will accept flakes and pellets, and their diet should be supplemented with spirulina, blackworms, bloodworms, brine shrimp, and daphnia. 

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Neon Black Tetra Fish Tank Setup:

Aquarium Filtration

Naturally found in slow moving streams, mimic the Neon Black Tetra natural environment by using a good aquarium filter that won’t create strong water movements. 

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Aquatic Plants for Neon Black Tetra

The Neon Black Tetra is naturally found black waters heavily vegetated with plenty of driftwood. It provides shade & spaces to hide to ensure happy fish. The following live aquatic plants will do better in low light aquariums.

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Tank Decorations for Neon Black Tetra's

Neon Black Tetra's enjoy black water aquariums and soft acidic water. The colour of fish are enhanced when conditions are ideal and fish are less stressed. Add driftwood and natural decorations that release tannins to mimic their natural environment. 

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Substrate for Neon Black Tetra's

Dark coloured substrates enhance the colour of the fish and help lower light levels, reducing stress. They prefer sandy substrates.

A variety of Substrates are available at Coburg Aquarium. 

Additional Information

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Aquarium Set-up Service:

Our design team enables us to create the tank you desire, install your tank where you wish to and provide a maintenance service to ensure everything runs smoothly. We can create almost any aquarium from the small home aquarium to large commercial aquariums for offices, hotels or restaurants. Coburg Aquarium, Australia's leading aquarium shop.

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