Neon tetras are not livebearers, meaning they do not get pregnant and give birth to live young. Instead, neon tetras are egg-layers.
When conditions are right, a female neon tetra will lay her eggs and a male will then fertilize them externally. After fertilization, the eggs will typically hatch within 24 to 36 hours depending on the temperature of the water.
Creating the right conditions for neon tetras to breed can be a little tricky, as they require very specific water conditions. This includes soft, acidic water, and a dimly lit tank. They also prefer to lay their eggs at dawn, so it’s beneficial to simulate a “dawn” period in the aquarium with your lighting.
It’s also important to note that neon tetra parents do not care for their eggs or fry and may even eat them if given the chance, so it’s usually recommended to remove either the eggs or the adult fish to a separate tank.
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