The Black Neon Tetra (Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi) is an excellent choice for the community aquarium, especially planted aquariums. Its overall bold, black coloration is attractively highlighted with a bright, horizontal cream/white stripe across its body, as well as bright orange coloration at the top of its eye. This is a very durable and peaceful fish that is suitable for beginners and experts alike!
The Black Neon Tetra typically occupies the top and middle level of the water column, although it can often be seen swimming and feeding in the middle and bottom levels as well. It is safe with other peaceful, small fish. Adult dwarf shrimp are generally safe as well, but adult the Black Neon Tetra may eat small dwarf shrimp and their fry. Larger, peaceful invertebrates can also make good tankmates. The Black Neon Tetra must be kept in schools of 6 or more. Since it is tank-raised, this fish is very adaptable, but its natural habitat contains soft, acidic water rich in tannins and leaf litter.
While not a picky eater, the Black Neon Tetra will thrive and remain very colorful on a varied diet of meaty foods. High-quality flake food, pellets, and frozen or freeze-dried tubifex and bloodworms will all be readily accepted.