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Red neon – keeping, care and breeding in an aquarium

Good day, dear colleagues. Glad to see you again in my online diary.

I have prepared for you another useful post. Who did not hold the red neon, it’s time to read the article and run forward to the store for these guys.

Indeed, in recent decades, red neon has become a very popular little fish among experienced aquarists and not so much.

But still, let’s be consistent in our thoughts and continue acquaintance by this representative of the Kharacin family. Red neon has a very bright and prominent color and they differ from their relatives – blue neons in that they have a red stripe not up to the middle of the body, but to the head itself. Along the entire body on top of the back of the fish passes along its entire length a blue-green strip that shimmers in the light.

The fins of red neon are transparent, and the back is brownish-gray. As a rule, females of red neons grow larger than males.

In aquariums, the fish grows to 5 centimeters – the females, and the males are 3-4 centimeters in length.

Red neon content

Red neon is considered a very calm and peaceful fish. It is better to buy these fish in the amount of 6-8 pieces. Thus, they will not be lost among the main mass of aquarium fish and will look more effective against the general background of the aquarium.

Red neons can easily get along with small fish from their own squad, or with fish of a similar nature. Mostly, fish swim in the middle layer of water.

By the way, I almost forgot. Good contrast is obtained when in the aquarium there is a dark ground and there is a bevy of red neons in the amount of 8-10 pieces.

For the successful maintenance of red neon, a large volume aquarium is not required; a fifty-liter aquarium with dense vegetation and shaded places is enough, as the red neon lovers hide behind the nipples. The optimum water temperature is 23-25 ​​degrees, the water hardness is preferably not higher than 5 units, the water is slightly acidic – 6 pH.

It also requires regular water changes twice a month in the amount of ¼ of the total volume. Red neons are considered unpretentious fish, they do not react strongly to changes in water temperature, but they are quite sensitive to hard water. If the water hardness increased to 10 units, then the neons may not multiply.

You can feed them with almost any food, they do not disdain live and dry food. For variety, you can also give vegetable food.

If you buy food for fish, consider the size of the mouth of red neon, as a very large bloodworm for example, they can not swallow.

If you plan to grow red neons, here are some helpful tips on how to do this more successfully. Take a couple of fish and transplant them into a smaller aquarium and make the water temperature in it a couple of degrees lower than the previous one + feed them abundantly with animal feed. Just before landing in spawning, the day before, stop feeding them altogether.

For spawning fit aquarium liters to twenty. In order not to buy a new jar, you can make an aquarium with your own hands, it will be cheaper 🙂

For spawning, set aside a couple of fish, taking into account the fact that for a pair of adult neons going to spawn you need 15-12 liters of water. If you took several pairs, then the volume of the aquarium should be appropriate.

Soil in the aquarium, you can not lay at all, but at the bottom of the aquarium must put bushy plants, such as Java moss, well, or something like that.

The optimal conditions for spawning are considered to be such: water temperature is 24-27 degrees, rigidity is needed not more than 3 dH, acidity is about the same as in the general aquarium and low light. Pay particular attention to the rigidity and light of the aquarium, as these two factors play a key role in the mating of red neons. If the hardness of the water is high, then the eggs will be dense and the spermatozoids will not be able to penetrate the eggs and therefore will not be able to fertilize them.

And if there is a strong illumination in the spawning room, then the caviar may completely die.

The process of spawning red neon begins in the dark and in the upper layer of water. As a rule, no one feeds the producers at this time, and after spawning they are transferred to a common aquarium.

After the female spawns, darken the aquarium. In one litter, the female can produce about 300 eggs. The larvae vylazyat caviar after two days, and turn into fry days after 6-7.

So that the trifle does not die of hunger, feed it with “living dust”, rotifers or boiled yolk. Red neons become mature at the age of 8-11 months.

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