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Aquarium Fish Species: Neon Tetra

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The Neon Tetra or sometimes called Neon Fish is basically made up of 3 different colors. As the name implies, the fish is characterized by its neon blue horizontal strip on its upper body, an iridescent red stripe starting from the mid-body until the end tail and its silver colored abdomen. The fish is native to the Amazon River located in Brazil, Colombia and Peru. Similar like its cousin in the wild, the neon tetra is generally a hardy fish and will propagate well in waters with temperature within 24-27 degree Celsius and pH in the region between 6.0-7.5.

Neon tetras are shoaling fish and generally prefer heavily planted aquarium with driftwood, which provides hiding place for its propagation. Because of their size, they should only be mixed with other smaller fish such as rummy-nose tetra or zebra danio and usually they are the most preferred community aquarium tank mates. Never under any circumstances should they be mixed with Goldfish, which creates a lot of waste and fouls the water easily or Koi, which is notorious for eating smaller fish. Pleco should also be avoided at all cost.

Aquarium maintenance for neon tetra is not that difficult because only small amount of waste is generated and provided that the tank is not overstocked. If you have a good filtration system which is able to treat large volumes of water and coupled together with heavily planted setup, that should create a stable natural environment that can sustain itself without much intervention. Just be sure to periodically check on the water quality, in case there are unforeseen fluctuations in water parameters.

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Reasons why people fail with their numerous attempts to keep Neon Tetra Fish

neon tetra fishThough generally this species does not have any special requirement for their survival in aquariums, there are still conditions whereby owners report of whole batch of their neon fish suddenly dies for no apparent reason. There is actually a valid explanation to this; as most people do not understand that in order to keep this small group of fish, the tank must be fully cycled (at least for a month) with ammonia level not detected while nitrate and nitrate are at low levels.

Food for your neon fish is also another area that you should focus on. Basically what you feed your pet will determine the health of them in the long run. Usually commercial fish foods are used as the basic diet but somehow if you keep feeding them the same thing, sooner or later you will realize that their colors could fade away easily. That is why, the best and ideal solution is to introduce and mix some feed of live foods such as daphnia (water flea) and microworms so that they get the best nutrition that will help them to stay healthy. One word of caution though, just makes sure that you obtain your supply of live foods from clean water source, or else you might introduce disease that could kill them instead.

Despite their small size, do not buy into the idea of getting your neon fish a small tank. Most people often made this mistake thinking that why would a little fish that measures less than few inches require such a big aquarium for them to swim around? Anyway, my recommendation is that in order to successfully keep neon tetra fish and breed them, one must have at least a large tank and never mind if it’s a 50 or 100-gallon size because this will allow you to grow as many live aquatic plants as possible for your fish to hide and with larger aquarium, pH and ammonia fluctuation would not be that high or significant until it reach that harmful level that could threaten the lives of your neon fish.

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Goldfish Varieties - Black Moor

black moor goldfishBlack Moor is unique in the sense that it can be easily recognized by its solid black velvety color. It is sometimes referred to as the black version of the telescope goldfish because of its protruding eyes. However, it does not protrude as far compared to the other normal telescopes. The fins are generally thick and the body is very stout and deep. This variety of goldfish is considered hardy and will tolerate changes in water temperature easily as long as it is not in the extremes. Thus the goldfish is highly recommended especially for beginners.

Similar like other goldfish varieties, black moor has a very hearty appetite and will gobble up almost anything that you feed to them. They are not selective and picky when it comes to food and will readily accept fish food pellets, flakes, live foods, cucumbers and peas. However, due to their poor eyesight, they usually have difficulty finding their food and as such, they should not be mixed with other goldfish varieties that are fast and agile like common goldfish, shubunkin and fantail.

Black moor are not born black. The young moors are actually colorless and will then slowly turn into bronze before coming to their all-black velvety appearance. Most black moors will retain the color until old age while some will slowly revert to orange color as it grows old. Believe me, I’ve seen before a young black moor raised up to become an orange adult telescope goldfish and many people do not realize that this is actually true.

Other Goldfish Varieties: ranchu, veiltail, pom pom, pearlscale, celestial, ryukin and tosakin

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Buy Aquarium Supplies: Types of Aquarium filters

This is a continuation from my previous post on "Guide to selecting Aquarium Filters"

Types of Aquarium filters:

Overhead /Submerged power filter – This type of filter has a high-powered pump to push and recycle aquarium water through a canister containing filter media (activated carbon, sponge). Basically the canister can either be on top (overhead filter) or submerged inside the aquarium itself (submerged power filter) and both types work well to treat high volumes of water. However, a word of caution when using this type of filter is that always ensure that the filter is not oversized until it creates heavy turbulence in the water that will make the fish difficult to maintain balance while swimming.

Box filter – A box filter is a simple assembly in which there’s a box with a compartment containing filter media and basically it needs an aquarium air pump to drive the water through the media. It works by creating a suction flow due to the movement of air bubbles exiting through the outlet line and thus, drawing together with it water from the surrounding area through the filter media. However, this type of filter can only treat small volume of water.

Undergravel filter – The undergravel filter utilizes the gravel bed as a filter media. Similar like box filter, the water is drawn from the surrounding area through the gravel bed using suction created by an air pump. If you happen to come across aquarium whereby you can see air bubbles rising from the aquarium bed, then you will instantly know that it is utilizing undergravel filter. One advantages of using this type of filter is that it creates a magnificent view of bubbles rising from the gravel bed and is able to provide higher volume of filtration capabilities. However, one disadvantageous is that it will require a lot of time during maintenance to clean the filter because basically you have to move the fish out and digging everything including the gravel bed. With the large filtration surface area, it can last months without clogging and still able to filter effectively but beware, undergravel filters are known to harbor huge buildup of ammonia gas deposit trapped between the gravels.

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Finally, which aquarium filter suits you best will very much depend on your size of aquarium including budget and never ever assume that once you have a filter in place, you don’t have to worry about the aquarium maintenance anymore. Please remember that even though you can have the best aquarium filtration system in place, nothing beats the importance of performing regular water change and conducting periodic water parameters checking.
Other types of aquarium filter: Trickle Filter and Diatom Filter

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My fascination and interest towards aquarium fish has led me to devote my time towards caring and learning about this wonderful pet.

Aquarium fish keeping is a very challenging and exciting hobby. When I first started, I never knew much or have the necessary guidance back then because none of my family members were actually a keen hobbyist. And because of that, I’ve encountered numerous failures and the worst part is having to deal with dead fish every time when you started to grow fond and getting attached to my pets. However, I persevered and took steps to find out and search for information from other hobbyist, apart from the knowledge gained and learned from my own experience and research. The blog that I’ve created here is meant to share useful information and tips about aquarium fish keeping so that new hobbyist will not make the same mistakes that I’ve made in the past."

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