All types of neon come from South America. Fans of aquarium fish appreciate neon for its spectacular gleam of scales in the form of a bright strip extending from the gill plate to the caudal fin.
Green neon is very beautiful in a flock. Unusual, yellow - green lightning among the thickets of plants or in the open space, invariably catch the eye of any person.
Green neon is a typical representative of haracin fish. Body length 4 - 4.5cm, elongated shape. The color is silver with a greenish tint. On the upper back, the scales form a thin green strip running along the entire body. At the tail, under the green stripe, there is an elongated dark zone, and above it a golden spot, visible from any angle. The fins are not painted; they have black stripes at the ends. The abdomen is white with a silvery sheen. Gill plates with a greenish sheen. The males of green neon are elongated, the females are slightly larger and more rounded.
They feed on live and dried daphnia, chopped tubule, cyclops and special dry food.
Maintenance and care
The content of green neons is not too complicated. You can settle them in a small tank, but a flock of fish (10 - 30 individuals) in an aquarium with a volume of 150 - 200 liters with an abundance of living plants of red and dark green hue, dark soil and proper lighting makes an indelible impression. Neons are motile fish; they prefer to stay among plants. Very sensitive to the chemical composition of water. Water should be clean, low acidity (5.2 - 6.0) and soft. Air supply and water filtration through a peat filter are required. Neons feel good if they replace a third of the water with fresh water once a week. You can add snow or rain boiled water, if it is collected outside the city. Recommended temperature is 25 degrees. Permissible fluctuations should not exceed 2 - 3 degrees, otherwise the fish fall ill and die quickly.
Breeding green neon is a lesson for professionals and experienced aquarists. Several young couples aged 9 to 11 months are selected. Males are kept separate from females. Males should be active and slender, females rounded. The best manufacturers are chosen, the rest are used in case of a pair mismatch. Pre-wash the spawning aquarium with a volume of 15 - 25 liters. Pour with distilled water, aged 2 weeks in the dark. The level is not more than 25 centimeters, the temperature is about 25 degrees. You can put a cryptocoryne bush or fern in a container. Lighting is poor. A couple of producers are placed in the finished spawning ground. Spawning begins after 2 to 3 days very actively, so it is better to close the tank with glass or mesh. The male pursues the female, pushing her into the abdomen, stimulating spawning. Small caviar lies at the bottom of the aquarium. The number of eggs can reach 200 - 300 pieces, but most of them die. After spawning, the fish are removed to another aquarium, the water level is reduced by half, and the light is turned off. After 20-24 hours, larvae appear and lie at the bottom for several days. The fry begin to swim on the 4th - 5th day. At this time, dim lighting is turned on, and fry begin to be fed with live ciliates. They are often fed in small portions. Under good conditions and proper feeding, by the age of one month, fry acquire specific features. Particular attention is paid to temperature conditions. Even with a decrease of 1-3 degrees, the fry die quickly. Unfortunately, green neons began to be forgotten by aquarium enthusiasts. Many new and vivid species have appeared, but a flock of these fish with its unusual greenish reflections can make any aquarium unique.