Cardinal Tetra Care
Scientific Name : Paracheirodon axelrodi
Common Names : Cardinal Tetra
Cardinal Tetra Care Level : Easy, acclimate slowly to your tank water and don’t even think about adding them to an aquarium that has not completed the aquarium nitrogen cycle.
Size : Up to 2 inches (5 cm)
pH : 5.5 – 7, prefer water slightly on the acidic side
Temperature : 73°F – 80°F (23°C – 27°C)
Water Hardness : 2° to 6° dH
Lifespan : 2 – 5 years
Origin / Habitat : South America
Temperament / Behavior : This is a very peaceful tropical fish and best kept in schools of 6 or more.
Breeding : They can be difficult to breed in the home aquarium. They are egglayers and the adult fish must be removed after dropping the eggs. Provide low lighting and very soft water (1° to 3° dH). Feed the fry brine shrimp.
Aquarium Size : 10 gallon or larger.
Cardinal Tetra Tank Mates : Many, given their peaceful nature. Avoid keeping with tropical fish large enough to eat them.
Cardinal Tetra Disease : Freshwater Fish Disease
Diet / Foods : Will go after flakes, live and freeze dried foods. Give them a varied diet for best results.
Tank Region : Mostly middle to top.
Cardinal Tetra Gender : The male is usually smaller than a female of the same age