South American Characidae – Paracheirodon axelrodi

Photos from Paracheirodon axelrodi South American Characidae:

These photos are pretty dated, and some are in very poor quality.

Paracheirodon axelrodi photo gallery:




Wiki info:(Wikipedia.org)
The cardinal tetra, Paracheirodon axelrodi, is a freshwater fish of the characin family (family Characidae) of order Characiformes. It is native to the upper Orinoco and Negro Rivers in South America.

Growing to about 3 cm (1.25 in) total length, the cardinal tetra has the striking iridescent blue line characteristic of the Paracheirodon species laterally bisecting the fish, with the body below this line being vivid red in color, hence the name “cardinal tetra”. The cardinal tetra’s appearance is similar to that of the closely related neon tetra, with which it is often confused; the neon’s red coloration extends only about halfway to the nose, and the neon’s blue stripe is a less vibrant blue, however.(read more)

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4 Responses to South American Characidae – Paracheirodon axelrodi

  1. The lonely fish shouldn’t be shown here as fishkeepers could be convinced that it’s OK to keep a single Neon tetra – or any other Tetra in general. Wonder or not, many do this… it’s a shame because it’s a wrong way of housing Neon’s 🙁 .

    • S. Pirs says:

      @Jan
      Thank you for your note.
      To be honest ‘fishkeeper’ that would think such stupid thoughts, shouldn’t be called ‘fishkeepers’ in first place, as for P. axelrodi its clearly visible that one of the 3 pictures is a macro where as the other 2 contain the group pictures.
      Its indeed a shame to think its okay to keeep P. axelrodi solo.

  2. Max says:

    as soon i get home on December,i want to buy some OB zebras,the ones that are deep organe with bluepurple big blotches and some Othopharinx lithobathes-this fish is metalic blue with all the top of the fish yellowgold or organe,some Aulonacara jacobfreibergi-Malawi butterfly and some Copadichromis sp-Mloto,this fish is bluepurple with metalic turquoise head,very beautifull.I will apreciate deeply your help and i hope God help me to be in my sweet home soon with all my aquariums and ponds full of African cichlids.I know a little of fish care and biology because my neighbor is a doctor in reptiles,anfibians and fishes graduated from Harvard and iam always talking with him about that Cichlids.Thaks so much.

  3. Nurlan says:

    i sold all my African cdhcliis,all the beautifulls screw vallisneria and others plants ,kwow i have all those empty ponds and big aquariums and i hope soon get home.I hope you help me to find some dealers that have good stock and variety of African cdhcliis.Those fishes grew real good and pretty in my farm because of the good temp. and weather all year long.Thanks so much for your attention.

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