Are Guppies Neon Tetra?

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No, guppies and neon tetras are not the same; they are two distinct species of tropical freshwater fish, each belonging to a different family.

Guppies (Poecilia reticulata) belong to the family Poeciliidae, which includes livebearing fish species (fish that give birth to live young instead of laying eggs). They are popular due to their color variations and relative ease of care, making them a good choice for novice aquarists.

Neon tetras (Paracheirodon innesi), on the other hand, belong to the family Characidae, which includes many species of small schooling fish. These fish are noted for their bright, iridescent coloration, typically a bright blue stripe contrasted with a red or pink stripe. They are egg-layers, and their care requirements are a bit more specific than guppies, especially in terms of water parameters.

While both are commonly kept in home aquariums, they have different origins (guppies are from South America, and neon tetras are from South and Central America), social behaviors, and care needs. Thus, it’s important to understand these differences when considering adding them to an aquarium.

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