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Determine Male Female Neon Tetra Breeding

group of neon tetra fishSo far based on my knowledge and experience, there is no accurate method to determine whether your Neon Tetra (Neon fish) is male or female. The only reliable observation you can actually use is by judging from the top blue color stripe on the fish itself whereby for the female, the stripe appears to be much broader. Other than that, another surefire method to confirm whether this is true is when the fish has already reached maturity age of 6 months and the female Neon tetra’s body will appear to be thicker compared to the male fish.

Breeding your pet can sometimes be tricky and in order to increase the chance for them to spawn and obtain next generation of fry, basically there are few things which you can follow. First, ensure that your aquarium environment is suitable meaning that there are lots of live aquarium plants to enrich and improve water quality to crystal clear condition. With dense vegetation this also serves as a good place for your fish to lay eggs and for the fry to hide from predators. If your aquarium is infested with small population of aquarium snails, I would suggest you get rid of them because the snails will easily search out all the eggs and make a good meal out of it. This goes the same as well with all the catfish family like pleco and corydoras catfish.

Second, you should ensure that there are at least 10 – 20 of these little fish living in a group and the more they shoal and mix together, the higher chances to have them ended up mating. There is also another way suggested by some aquarist in which they find that dimming the aquarium lighting way below normal level will help to stimulate spawning, however I don’t really find this to contribute or make any difference to increase chance for them to mate and breed.

Normally, in a single successful spawn, a female neon fish can release more than a hundred eggs and it is not common to see low mortality rate due to cannibalism. The size of a young fry is so tiny that sometimes you may even find losing a few when changing water and therefore extreme care must be exercised so that you don’t ended up accidentally sucking out and removing them. If possible, provided you have extra tanks, you should move out all the adult fish once you start seeing little fish fry appearing. To feed them, you can consider using some cheap aquarium food supplies like microworms and powdered flakes once they start searching for foods.



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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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