Cardinal Tetra Paracheirodon axelrodi

Cardinal Tetra
Cardinal Tetra
Cardinal Tetra
The Cardinal Tetra is native to tributaries in the upper Orinoco and Rio Negro basins in northeast South America.
Cardinal Tetra
Cardinal Tetra
Cardinal Tetra
It has a full red stripe together with the full luminous turquoise stripe, unlike the related Neon Tetra which has a red half stripe on its rear half.
Cardinal Tetra
Cardinal Tetra
Cardinal Tetra
The name cardinal is from the red colour of the fish (itself from the red worn by church cardinals).
Cardinal Tetra
Cardinal Tetra
Cardinal Tetra
They grow only to 3cm long and are shoaling fish that hide among vegetation. They migrate upstream to spawn in darker, more-shaded waters.