Blue Neon - Paracyprichromis nigripinnis
Scientific name: Paracyprichromis nigripinnis
Common name: Blue Neon
Usual size in fish tanks: 10 - 11 cm (3.94 - 4.33 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 8 - 8.5
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 11 - 20°N (196.43 - 357.14ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 23 - 25 °C (73.4 - 77°F)
The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning
Where the species comes from: Africa
Temperament to its own species: peaceful
Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful
Usual place in the tank: Middle levels
Food and feeding
Although Blue Neons will accept quality flakes or small pellets, they much prefer to eat small live or frozen foods like brine shrimp and mysis.
Africa, Blue Neons are to be found in Lake Tanganyika
Adult males tend to be larger than the females. Both sexes are very colorful but the males tend to have more intense coloration.
Paracyprichromis nigripinnis will often choose to deposit their eggs on the side of rocks or a piece of slate that had been leant against the tank glass. The female will mouth brood the eggs which are quite large. Normally they will lay a batch of 10-12 at a time. The fry will also be large when they have been released and will accept crushed flake or newly hatched brine shrimp immediately.
The expected life span for Paracyprichromis nigripinnis is 5-8 years.
The blue neon is a slow moving fish that prefers dimmer lighting. They will swim close to the rockwork, often swimming at strange angles.