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Closeup of a Cardinal Tetra.
Closeup of a Cardinal Tetra.
Closeup of a Cardinal Tetra.

Closeup of a Cardinal Tetra.

Cheirodon axelrodi, the most beautiful tetra in my opinion.

Written on 13-08-2018 11:15 by cab

The Cardinal Tetra is ideal as a schooling fish together with South American cichlids like for instance the Angelfish. A large school of Cardinal Tetras swimming around a pair of fully grown Angelfish is one of the most beautiful thing you can see in a South American dommunity tank.

My Cardinal Tetras

To begin with, I bought 10 Cardinal Tetras and some months later , 10 more. At that time the Angelfish in the tank,had become so big that they perceived the smallest of the Cardinal Tetras as a somewhat expensive food supplement. Therefore I lost about half of them, and when I added more cichlids from Lake Malawi in the tank, the rest of them disappeared. Later I bought a school of 25 fish for my 325 liter community tank, where they had company from many other schooling fish and my red shoulder angels.

Breeding

Breeding the Cardinal Tetra is one of my ambitions, and I would like to give it a try some day. They are said to be some of the most difficult fish to breed. I am not sure when I will be ready to try, but it will certainly not be in the near future.

Status

Currently, I don't have any Cardinal Tetras, but I am sure I will get some again some time in the future.


Faktatabel
Category

Fisk

Type

Characins, Tetra

Length

4-5 cm

Comment

To me, the cardinal tetra is among the 5-10 fish that are symbols of the aquatic hobby.

Genus

Characidae (Tetragonopterinae)

Trade name

Cardinal Tetra

Origin

South America

Tank size

>50 liter

Breeding

Egg-Laying

Brood size

400-500


Comments