The aquarium fish, enjoying universal love and popularity, are neons. This is a fun, at first glance, carefree individual with a sharply distinguished color, leading a gregarious way of life and being a worthy adornment of any aquarium.
Presumably modern Neon species have Peruvian and Colombian roots – a range that has not been sufficiently studied until the 19th century. Therefore, only in 1935, the bright French fish with a characteristic neon glitter caught the eye of Frenchman A. Rabo.
He brought them for breeding in the States and Europe, from which began the period of their official calendar.
However, the neon received a second official birth of aquarium fish in Germany, where, thanks to the special composition of natural water, they adapted to the most important process of life – reproduction.
The aquarium in which the neons live possesses some fascinating and life-affirming power. It seems that everything happens by itself. However, this is at first glance.
In fact, the process must be preceded by a series of preparatory moments. Among them:
- Shading the walls of the aquarium from the rear and partially lateral sides;
- Planting soil in an aquarium with various plants, including those with bright green large leaves and dense bushes;
- Not very high water temperature (within 18-20o). In fact, the water may be warmer, but the activity of the fish in it will decrease;
- Maintaining the acidity index within 6-8 (lower acidity will be needed if it is decided to breed the offspring);
- The hardness of the water in the aquarium should not exceed 20. If the natural geographic characteristics cause higher numbers, it is better to use a pre-boiled version.
Neon fish aquariums like clean aerated water, with good cleaning filters and zoned lighting. They should be able to “be left alone with their thoughts” and fly a bright comet as part of a bevy of relatives across the entire aquarium.
Neon blue (Paracheirodon innesi)
The most common and familiar option in the aquarium – blue neon (another name nannakara neon blue). It has a characteristic longitudinal stripe through the entire body and a red distal section of the body. The characteristic neon shine is inherent in him in full force.
The fish is small (within 3 cm), nimble, fast and active. If it is present in the aquarium, it is impossible not to notice.
A little more (up to 5 cm) neon purple carry.
Neon blue, pink, black and other types of this mysterious fish have a characteristic luster.
As typical representatives of carps, neons prefer to feast on live food, namely, bloodworms and artemia. Do not give up Cyclops and Daphnia. A certain part of the feed should be of plant nature.
In addition to the question: “What to feed?” It is worth fixing attention to the rule: how much to feed. The fact is that fish, rushing to feed with pleasure almost always, eat a little.
The uneaten food remains to float on the surface, representing a threat to the rotting of the aquarium. Therefore, it is necessary to feed the neon regularly, but not more than once a day.
After 20 minutes, the remnants of food must be collected with a special net or other device. In general, feeding neon is not difficult, with the exception of fry, where a clear formulation of the diet and the mode of its execution will be required.
No less beautiful, and, according to many, even more eccentric, neon diamond. Its longitudinal strip is able to sparkle with all the colors of the rainbow, depending on the wavelength of the present light.
Like blue neon, this species is characterized by small size, some timidity and cheerful temperament. Neon diamond prefers poor lighting and is very sensitive to stress.
A bit larger and more capricious neon red. Its differences from ordinary neonchik are significant, both visually and in terms of life conditions.
The bright red area, which occupies the lower part of the body in the usual form, occupies the whole body at the bottom from the strip in the red version. It looks bright, catchy, sharp.
In this case, the fish is somewhat larger in size, but the same peace-loving.
The softer and alkaline the water in the aquarium will be, the brighter and more beautiful the red part of the body will be.
There is also a false red neon, the color of which is fundamentally similar, but not so intense: the back is gray-green, the band is blue, the lower part is red-brick color.
Neon content is not difficult, but scrupulous. In no case in the general house there should not be big aggressive fishes, predators or frogs fashionable today. With which fish will the team have the most friendly atmosphere?
Such beauties coexist well with their own kind: guppies, swordtails, mollies.
They will decorate the aquarium with bottom catfishes, will give liveliness to calm and balanced scalar ensembles, although the latter may not like these troublemakers.
Neon blue can get along with elegant goldfish, if the difference in age and size is not too big.
It is possible to dilute a composition of multicolored neonchik in one aquarium with a constant neon blue stripe across the whole body and a characteristic iridescent sheen. Such an idea is economically simple and at the same time original.
Fish neon: maintenance and cultivation are not characterized by difficulties and problems. Aquaria knows much more capricious and picky fish. But in any case, accuracy and responsibility is appreciated.
Fish should feel that they are important and loved. And then live contact and mutual understanding will be improved.