Blue neon (Paracheirodon innesi) - bright, brisk, colorful aquarium fish, boasts a family way tetras.Also referred to as neon fish common and refers to a group of tetras.In the wild, it is possible to meet in the rivers of South America, where she happily worn surrounded by swarms sebepodobnyh.
Blue neon - is not the only representative of its kind, in addition to him, there are also red, green and even black neon.These colors correspond to the colors listed, and the name "Neon" was prepared for the fact that passing along the busy strip of body shimmers and shines like a neon lamp.
these fishes are very small - even adults do not exceed the amount of 4cm.Alas, only a couple who want to buy, and it is desirable to boy-girl, will be disappointed.Firstly, to distinguish male from female is very difficult, the only visible difference between them with respect to - a large size and rounded strip along the body of the female.Well, and secondly, the establishment of schooling, and even a couple in a large aquarium will experience some discomfort.And do not look these small fry a couple of much more interesting to watch their relationship in flock of six, and even ten or more individuals.
Blue neon - unpretentious and very adaptive aquarium fish that can easily contain a beginner aquarist.The only pity is that these kids do not live too long, even under good conditions, a maximum of life - 5 years.
Care and Maintenance
So, wanting to have a small flock of blue neon lights, the first thing should be to get an appropriate tank.Since these fish are very small, for them (assuming that there will not be neighbors) would be enough volume to 30 liters.Choose a long and low tank, the greater the length, the greater the space, which can be worn in your favorites.Ideally, the length of the aquarium should be between 30 and 50cm.Of course, you can buy and a couple of crumbs and put them in a jar desyatilitrovuyu, but how it will look aesthetically pleasing - the question.
second important indicator for neon in aquarium - water.For them to be comfortable soft moderately warm water with a neutral pH reaction.If you want in numbers, the rigidity - from 4 to 8 ° dH, temperature - 20-24 ° C, acidity - 7rN.
And a few nuances:
- Neon quite able to adapt and feel comfortable in a hard water up to 15 ° dH, but separate them in this case has certainly not succeed.However, later on reproduction.
- As for the temperature, here acts characteristic of many small species of rule - the more degrees on the thermometer column, the shorter the life expectancy of the fish.In this case, you can lower (18-20 ° C they hardly notice, unless a sharp jump), but more than 24 ° C is already highly undesirable.Well, unless you decide to such a sophisticated way to get rid of annoying species.
As for water changes, the standard they are made once a week, that's only for a neon may be harmful to a large influx of new water, so the maximum amount of PR - 10%.
presence of the filter necessarily compressor - as needed.And there are no strong currents!Firstly, neon comfortable in calm water, and secondly, they're small, and they simply will permanently nailed to one wall.The
guide the choice of soil and plants?Faction and the composition of the soil do not matter (unless you are smart enough to use the marble chips, which increases the rigidity), but rather a dark color, then color the fish will increase.Plants as any, but better leaved thickets that they were sometimes more convenient to hide.That's just leave and the place that is free of all that there fishes could swim well.
And lighting, it should be muted, diffused.Bright light scares, and then the neon color ceases less spectacular.
When selecting feed blue neon importantly - the variety and eat them all.Punctuated by dry and live foods, then your fish will look and feel healthier.But!In no case do not overfeed these gluttons, and once a week fasting day will be useful to them.
Also note that neon - very small underwater fauna representatives, and some are too large for them to feed the need for chopping.
Compatibility with other fish
When it comes to neon, the question of with whom to get along, hardly worth it.This peaceful aquarium fish that can coexist perfectly well with other peaceful fish.Exclude is just too large species, which can serve as fodder neon.It is clear that with the predators and too aggressive fish to keep them is not recommended.
Alternatively, in a tank with neon can be planted rasbora, cardinals platies, guppies or barbs.
want to breed blue neon lights at home?Get ready, it will be difficult.
However, the main problem is the difficulty of reconstruction sterile conditions for spawning.And the need for a very, very soft water (3 ° dH or less) only adds to the trouble.
So, take a good, very carefully crafted small spawning.Ten-dvadtsatilitrovogo volume will be enough.There is the concept of "all-glass aquarium", if you can find a you a big plus, but it is better to pre-disinfected.
By spawning attach whichever you the option of spawning substrate (Moss, separator grid, small-leaved plants, pressed to the bottom), and also do not forget a good process.Pour into a very soft water, which will be able to find (in extreme cases - prepare yourself) and raise its temperature to 24 ° C or slightly higher.Light remove as far as possible, to create a very dense shade.There was no sun, it is detrimental to the calf.
Then choose future producers.You can confidently distinguish between males and females?Boldly they are seated, and about a week or two alone hold, while moving the extremely lively and varied food (daphnia, bloodworms, Cyclops, but no Tubifex).If not, simply use a large enough group of neon, there certainly have got to both sexes.
evening, almost at night, sits in the prepared fish spawning and wait.If everything goes as it should, spawning begins in the morning.The number of eggs laid by the females is in the range of 50-200 eggs.
Upon completion of spawning (male stop actively chasing the female) is required to transplant fish.At the same time, if you are planning a second phase of spawning (female ten days can spawn again), the male is better to transplant alone, not to confuse them with those who are just getting ready to spawn.
eggs need maturation day, all the while spawning should be well isolated from the world.Hatched larvae in the diet do not need, the fry will appear somewhere on chetvertry-fifth day, and at the same time in the spawning ground can let a small fraction of the scattered light.The food fry "living dust", later rotifers.
While the young grow in the nursery aquarium, where it is very small doses add a little more hard water.The only way you can teach kids to increased rigidity.
adults and therefore sexually mature blue neon starts counting after five months.By the way, better to use for breeding is young, not old fish.