Freshwater Fish Gold Neon Tetra

Monday, May 23, 2011
Freshwater Fish Gold Neon TetraThe Gold Neon Tetra also known by the name Blue-Lined Albino Neon Tetra is a beautiful, opalescent fish developed through selective breeding. Very similar to the standard neon in behavior. However this species has a more subdued neon line through it. The jewel-like Gold Neon Tetra boasts a distinct golden body that sets it apart from the popular Neon Tetra. The Gold Neon Tetra still has the blue and red stripe typical of the Neon Tetra, but subdued to an elegant highlight. They can appear very white, or a slightly yellowy white. Part of their body, as seen in the photo is translucent. Kept in schools of five or more, you'll marvel at the swirl of color these tetras create as they swim together throughout your aquarium.

This Paracheirodon innesi var. included in the group of popular freshwater fish originally came from the clear water streams of South America. The Gold Neon Tetra is an excellent addition to the planted aquarium, subdued lighting on the bottom with dark substrate. To mirror its natural habitat, incorporate rocks, driftwood, and plants to provide hiding places. The Gold Neon Tetra thrives in slightly acidic water and will do best when water parameters are kept constant. I have found them to be very curious fish tetras, who rarely venture far from the bottom. Care must be taken not to put them with overly aggressive fish since their curiousity will often bring them close to other fish or invertebrates, especially around feeding time.

Blue Lined Albino Neon Tetra Stats
The males are smaller, females are larger, rounder and fatter. Some claim that males have a straight blue neon line, while females have crooked lines. To breed Gold Neon Tetras, separate a pair into a "breeder tank" with no lighting at first, and then gradually increase it until spawning occurs. Water hardness should be less than 4 dKH and live food such as mosquito larvae are great inducers. Be sure to remove the adults after the eggs have been laid, as they will eat them. The eggs should hatch within 30 hours.

Feeding Gold Neon Tetras is the same as feeding the other tetras. As well as Cardinal Tetras, Blue-Lined Albino Neon Tetra will accept many small foods. They can eat frozen bloodworms, flake, pellets. Although flakes must sink for them to eat it - they are not surface feeders.