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Cardinal Tetra

$549 CAD
SKU: 400000008356

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Cardinal Tetra

Description

Appearance:

    • Cardinal Tetras have a slender, torpedo-shaped profile.
    • They closely resemble Neon Tetras, with two distinct stripes of red and blue running from their nose to the tail.
    • The blue stripe shimmers with an iridescent finish, creating a beautiful glow in the right lighting conditions.
    • Directly below the blue stripe is a thicker band of bright red that runs the entire length of their body and even bleeds into their transparent tail.
    • The main difference between Cardinal Tetras and Neon Tetras is the length of the red stripe: for Neons, the red color only marks half of the body.
  1. Tank Size and Water Parameters:

    • Cardinal Tetras are peaceful by nature and make wonderful additions to community tanks.
    • They grow to about 2 inches (approximately 5 cm) in total length.
    • Maintain stable water conditions to ensure their well-being.
    • Ideal water parameters include a temperature range of 73°F to 81°F (22°C to 27°C), a pH level of 5.5 to 7.0, and soft to moderately hard water.
    • Provide plenty if hiding spots and plants in the aquarium to replicate their natural habitat. 
  2. Behavior and Tank Mates:

    • Cardinal Tetras are active and social fish.
    • They exhibit beautiful shoaling behavior even in small groups.
    • Consider keeping them in schools of at least six to eight individuals.
    • Suitable tank mates include other peaceful community fish, such as other tetras, rasboras, and small catfish.
    • Avoid aggressive or fin-nipping species.
    • Provide a well planted aquarium with subdued lighting to make them feel secure. 
  3. Lifespan:

    • In captivity, Cardinal Tetras can live between four and five years.
    • Interestingly, they tend to live longer in captivity than in the wild.

 

Specifications

  • Category
    Tetras
  • Species Type
    Cardinal Tetra
  • Water Temperature
    68°F to 82°F
  • Minimum Tank Size
    10 Gallons
  • Water pH Level
    Acidic, Neutral
  • Habitat Preference
    Planted Tanks, Rocky Tanks, Hiding Spots, Diffused Lighting
  • Behaviour
    Community Fish, Schooling

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Cardinal Tetra

$549 CAD

Appearance:

    • Cardinal Tetras have a slender, torpedo-shaped profile.
    • They closely resemble Neon Tetras, with two distinct stripes of red and blue running from their nose to the tail.
    • The blue stripe shimmers with an iridescent finish, creating a beautiful glow in the right lighting conditions.
    • Directly below the blue stripe is a thicker band of bright red that runs the entire length of their body and even bleeds into their transparent tail.
    • The main difference between Cardinal Tetras and Neon Tetras is the length of the red stripe: for Neons, the red color only marks half of the body.
  1. Tank Size and Water Parameters:

    • Cardinal Tetras are peaceful by nature and make wonderful additions to community tanks.
    • They grow to about 2 inches (approximately 5 cm) in total length.
    • Maintain stable water conditions to ensure their well-being.
    • Ideal water parameters include a temperature range of 73°F to 81°F (22°C to 27°C), a pH level of 5.5 to 7.0, and soft to moderately hard water.
    • Provide plenty if hiding spots and plants in the aquarium to replicate their natural habitat. 
  2. Behavior and Tank Mates:

    • Cardinal Tetras are active and social fish.
    • They exhibit beautiful shoaling behavior even in small groups.
    • Consider keeping them in schools of at least six to eight individuals.
    • Suitable tank mates include other peaceful community fish, such as other tetras, rasboras, and small catfish.
    • Avoid aggressive or fin-nipping species.
    • Provide a well planted aquarium with subdued lighting to make them feel secure. 
  3. Lifespan:

    • In captivity, Cardinal Tetras can live between four and five years.
    • Interestingly, they tend to live longer in captivity than in the wild.

 

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