The Cardinal Tetra has been a at the heart of the fishkeeping hobby since 1956 and you just have to take one look at them to see why. A small schooling fish with striking red and blue colours covering its 3cm body, nobody can deny they are pretty perfect for any fishkeeper.
To the untrained eye, it is easy to mistake them for the very similar Neon Tetra. However, to separate these two fish, take note of the red colouring. Our Cardinal Tetras will possess red the entire length of there body while the Neons, they only have red to about half way down their lower body.
Originating from the Orinoco River in Venezuela, the Cardinal Tetra is found in a variety of habitats ranging from crystal clear to tannic brown and in large shoals over 1000 strong. Creating a suitable is easy and achievable by any fish keeper with only a few basic requirements like water temperature ranging between 23-27C and a pH between 4.6 and 6.2. Remember that a consistent environment is the key to success. fluctuating water parameters can stress the fish out and cause health issues.
The Cardinal Tetra diet in the wild consists of crustaceans and small worms. To provide a similar diet in the aquarium is easy. Live foods such as bloodworm, daphnia and other similar live foods will accepted along with a variety of dry foods with quality ingredients.
Adding Cardinal Tetra to your aquarium is a sure way of livening up your fish tank. Wether you are adding them to an angelfish aquarium or a planted tank, you will not be disappointed.
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