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Common & Latin Name: Cardinal Tetra ( Paracheirodon axelrodi)
- Min tank size: 20 Litres
- Diet: Herbivore
- PH: 6.5 – 7.0
- Compatibility: View Chart or More Info
- Temperament: Peaceful
- Origin: Orinoco and Amazon basin of South America
- Approximate purchase size: 1.5 - 2cm
How easy are they to keep? One of the most popular species in the hobby due to their colouration and peaceful nature, these fish are hardy and relatively easy to keep. They are very similar to there cousins, the Neon tetra. The only difference is the red runs through the length of the body. They will appreciate some plants and bogwood. They are a shoaling fish and will do best in a small shoal of at least 6.
How big do they grow? Cardinal Tetra will grow to 3-4cm
What is the best sized tank for these? We recommend a minimum of 20 litres for a small shoal of 5-6, however the bigger the better when it comes to fish tanks.
What is best to feed them? Not a fussy eater, an omnivore, Cardinal Tetra can be fed a variety of flake, frozen, freeze dried and live foods for a varied diet. Check out the different variety foods you available in our store
What water conditions do they require? Naturally come from quite acidic water however will tolerate a wide range of water conditions. We would recommend a pH of 7-7.3 and a temperature of 25C.
What can they be kept with? A great community fish, can be kept with variety fish such as other Tetras, Angels, Livebearers, Gourami’s, Corydoras and many more. Please see the compatibility chart for more information.
Where are they from? Native to blackwater and clearwater streams in the Orinoco and Amazon basin of South. All are commercially bred and the fish that you receive will also be tank bred.
IS IT OK TO BUY TROPICAL FISH ONLINE?
Answer: Yes, fish are absolutely fine to be shipped, fish stores have their fish shipped to them also so it doesn't make a difference whether buying online or at a store. Your fish will have been shipped at some point. We want our quality livestock to be delivered in the best condition. We use high-quality poly boxes and heat packs. We ensure the bags are filled with pure oxygen and double bagged. We also use a reliable 24-hour licensed courier.
WHAT ARE THE BEST TROPICAL FISH TO BUY FOR BEGINNERS?
Answer: The 20 Best tropical fish for beginners we recommend are: Guppies – Poecilia reticulata Neon Tetras – Paracheirodon innesi Platy – Xiphophorus maculatus Zebra Danio – Danio rerio Dwarf Gourami – Trichogaster lalius Betta – Betta Splendens Silver Dollar – Metynnis argenteus Peppered Corydoras Catfish – Corydoras paleatus Tiger Barb – Barbus tetrazona Swordtail – Xiphophorous helleri Cardinal Tetra – Paracheirodon axelrodi Firemouth Cichlid Dwarf Cichlid Plecostomus – Hypostomus plecostomus Killifish – Fundulus majalis Mollies – Poecilia sphenops Cherry barb – Puntius titteya Harlequin Rasbora – Trigonostigma heteromorpha Loaches – Cobitidae Angelfish – Pterophyllum scalare
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT KEEPING TROPICAL FISH?
Answer: If you are thinking of keeping tropical fish, you need to know about the following main things: Size of your aquarium Firstly decide how much space you have for your new fish tank. Always go as big as you can fit, the bigger the better with fish keeping. Deciding what to fish to keep This will depend on the size of your aquarium. Research how big a fish is and will grow to. Small community to medium sized community set-ups are best to start with, unless you’re looking to create a biotope or species tank. Cycling your aquarium This is a very important part of keeping your cold water or tropical aquarium. Your filter is just a sponge and is no different than your washing-up sponge…until it’s “cycled” and loaded with beneficial bacteria. Maintaining your aquarium You should clean your tank on a weekly basis. A small 10-20% water change will help remove any build up of waste. Siphon your substrate and clean the glass, this will keep your tank nice and clean for your fish.
DO TROPICAL FISH NEED A HEATER?
Answer: Yes, tropical fish will require a heater. A heater ensures the temperature stays steady during the course of the day. Generally, 25°C is the optimum temperature to keep most tropical fish, this is similar to what they are used to in their natural habitat.
WHAT OTHER EQUIPMENT DO YOU ADVISE FOR KEEPING TROPICAL FISH?
Answer: The equipment you will need when it comes to caring for tropical fish include: A suitable fish tank Aquarium lighting Substrates and aquarium plants to help create a healthy ecosystem A filter system to keep your water clean and clear An aquarium heater A thermometer to keep to checks that the temperature is stable Aquarium test kits to check pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate levels Cleaning tools
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I FEED MY TROPICAL FISH?
Answer: In general, most tropical fish thrive on one or two feedings per day. You’ll need to adjust the quantity of food according to the size and quantity of fish in your tank. If your aquarium is new and you have just added your first fish, feed every other day and count the amount of food you are adding. A “pinch” is not accurate enough and may lead to overfeeding your fish.
What is Backorder?
Answer: Available on backorder means we do not have the item currently in stock but are able to order it in and get it out to you quickly.
What is your special local delivery
Answer: This is where we can deliver livestock to you ourselves to save it going to a courier. This means it will be handled with optimum care same day within the local area of our shop.
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