Neon Tetra (Paracheirodon innesi)
One of the most popular and instantly recognizable freshwater aquarium fish, the Neon Tetra originates from the waters of the Rio Ucayali in Peru, where they tend to inhabit shallow clear or white water streams in large shoals. Given their worldwide popularity, this species has been farmed on a massive scale in Asia, Europe, and the US for decades now and wild fish are relatively rare in the hobby. With their vivid red and blue coloration, peaceful demeanor, and schooling behavior they are one of the best aquarium fish species in the hobby for beginners and experienced hobbyists alike. Best kept in groups of 10 or more fish, they will get along with most other peaceful tankmates and will thrive in most setups.