Black Neon Tetra - Planted Tank Mates

Black Neon Tetra

1.5″ | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1.5″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle to Top

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 68° – 75°

PH: 6 – 7.5

dGH: 4 – 8

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Guppies, Loaches, Otocinclus, dwarf shrimp and snails

Notes

Black Neon Tetras are slightly larger than Neon Tetras and are great beginner fish.  The reason is because they can tolerate both acidic and low alkaline water conditions. This makes them hardier than Cardinal Tetras and a bit easier to keep.  General rule is 2 gallons per fish. 10 Gallon tank at a minimum, but push for 20 or more for healthy and happy fish. Avoid aggressive or territorial species or large fish with big mouths.  Black Neon Tetras are generally more confident and you’ll find them swimming near the top than hiding.

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ImageBlack neon tetra fish (Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi).Dwarf powder blue gourami fish (Trichogaster lalius).Veil tail betta fish (Betta splendens)Three-spot gourami fish (Trichopodus trichopterus).Red honey gourami fish (Trichogaster chuna).Purple pencilfish (Nannostomus rubrocaudatus).
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Description

1.5" | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

3" | Single | 10 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

3" | Single | 5 gal

PH 6.5-7.5 | Aggressive

5" | Single | 30 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

2.5" | Single | 10 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

2" | 8 or more | 10 gal

PH 6.5 - 7.2 | Peaceful

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Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1.5″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle to Top

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 68° – 75°

PH: 6 – 7.5

dGH: 4 – 8

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Guppies, Loaches, Otocinclus, dwarf shrimp and snails

Notes

Black Neon Tetras are slightly larger than Neon Tetras and are great beginner fish.  The reason is because they can tolerate both acidic and low alkaline water conditions. This makes them hardier than Cardinal Tetras and a bit easier to keep.  General rule is 2 gallons per fish. 10 Gallon tank at a minimum, but push for 20 or more for healthy and happy fish. Avoid aggressive or territorial species or large fish with big mouths.  Black Neon Tetras are generally more confident and you'll find them swimming near the top than hiding.

Trichogaster lalius var. powder blue

Characteristics:

Max Size: 3″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle to Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 82

PH: 6 - 7.5

dGH: 4 - 15

dKH: 3 – 8

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 1, or 6+

Tank Mates

Most nano community fish like Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Guppies

Bottom feeders like loaches, corydoras, otocinclus, snails.  Adult shrimp OK, but smaller shrimp or fry can become snacks.

Notes

Keep as a single feature fish, or as a male & female pair.  They're generally peaceful community fish but can become semi-aggressive towards each other, especially males.  When in groups, keep 1 male to every 2-3 female ratio.

Betta spenden

Characteristics:

Max Size: 3″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Aggressive

Dwelling: Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 76 – 82

PH: 6.5 - 7.5

dGH: 2 - 5

dKH: 1 – 4

Tank Size: 5 gal

Grouping: Single

Tank Mates

Peaceful mid-dwelling nano fish like ember tetras, harlequin rasboras, and celestial pearl danios, but keep them in strong groups

Bottom dwellers like Kuhli loaches, Corydoras, Malaysian Trumpet snails.  Depending on each individual betta, dwarf shrimp may or may not get eaten. Avoid other aggressive, fin-nipping or even colorful fish like tiger barbs and fancy guppies. Prevent stressing the betta by keeping top dwelling fish to a minimum. Avoid larger fish which can prey or intimidate like cichlids.

Notes

Veil Tail Bettas have a long and downward tail that droops and flows like a veil. Both their dorsal and anal fins tend to elongate as well.

Betta fish are also known as Siamese or Japanese Fighting Fish.  They're very territorial and should never be kept together unless for short-term breeding.  Despite their aggressive nature, they can have a curious and playful personality.  They'll often recognize their caretaker and will even come up to the glass to greet them.  The betta spenden species come in a variety of tail shapes, colors and patterns.  They're easily the show piece to any tank and their extravagant tails flow like living art.  Provide their space with a lot of plants, slow water agitation and warm waters to keep them healthy and active.

Regardless of what you see in retail stores or what people say, NEVER keep a betta in anything less than a 5 gallon tank. https://plantedtankmates.com/types-of-betta-fish/

Trichopodus trichopterus var. Three-Spot

Characteristics:

Max Size: 5″

Care Level: Intermediate

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle to Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 82

PH: 6 - 7.5

dGH: 4 - 15

dKH: 3 – 8

Tank Size: 30 gal

Grouping: 1, or 6+

Tank Mates

Larger nano community fish like large tetras, rasboras, peaceful barbs, Tinfoil Barbs that dwell at the middle of the tank

Slightly smaller or equal in size fish such as dwarf cichlids, German Blue Rams, Apistogramma Larger bottom feeders like loaches, corydoras, Siamese Algae Eaters Avoid fin nipping fish

Notes

Three-Spot Gouramis are recognized by the two spots on their body and the 3rd suggestive spot being their eye.  They're a color variation from the same Trichopodus trichopterus species as the Opaline Gourami, Blue Gourami, Gold Gourami and Lavendar Gourami.

Keep as a single feature fish, or as a male & female pair.  They're generally peaceful community fish but can become semi-aggressive towards each other, especially males.  When in groups, keep 1 male to every 3 female ratio.

Trichogaster colisa

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2.5″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle to Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 82

PH: 6 - 7.5

dGH: 4 - 15

dKH: 3 – 8

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 1, or 6+

Tank Mates

Most nano community fish like Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Guppies

Bottom feeders like loaches, corydoras, otocinclus, snails.  Adult shrimp OK, but smaller shrimp or fry can become snacks.

Notes

Red Honey Gouramis are a color variation of the Honey Gourami. They can still have a yellow body with more Red hues which translates to their fins and tail.Keep as a single feature fish, or as a male & female pair.

They're generally peaceful community fish but can become semi-aggressive towards each other, especially males.  When in groups, keep 1 male to every 2-3 female ratio.

Nannostomus rubrocaudatus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72° – 82°

PH: 6.5 – 7.2

dGH: 4 – 7

dKH: 2 – 5

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 8 or more

Tank Mates

Caridina and Neocaridina shrimp, Tetras, Rasboras, Celestial Pearl Danios, Hatchetfish, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Loaches, Otocinclus, snails

Notes

Purple Pencilfish are generally a reddish color with violet / purple tones.  They're peaceful top dwelling fish that will school when kept in large groups.  Provide tall plants and even floating plants to give them a variety of shade and hiding spaces.
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