The Albino Cardinal Tetra (Paracheirodon axelrodi) is an uncommon variant of the Cardinal Tetra, one of the most popular schooling community fish. It is very similar to the Cardinal Tetra in appearance but has a lighter red and blue coloration along with purple/pink eye.
The Albino Cardinal Tetra typically occupies the top and middle level of the water column, although it can often be seen swimming and feeding in the middle and bottom levels as well. They are safe with other peaceful, small fish. Adult dwarf shrimp are generally safe as well, but adult Albino Cardinal Tetras may eat small dwarf shrimp and their fry. Larger, peaceful invertebrates can also make good tankmates. Albino Cardinal Tetras must be kept in schools of 6 or more. Since they are tank-raised, Albino Cardinal Tetras are fairly adaptable, but their natural habitat contains soft, acidic water rich in tannins and leaf litter.
While not a picky eater, the Albino Cardinal Tetra will thrive and remain very colorful on a varied diet of meaty foods. High-quality flake food, pellets, and frozen or freeze-dried tubifex and bloodworms will all be readily accepted.
- Beautiful neon red and blue coloration
- Peaceful disposition with fish and peaceful invertebrates
- Very active and noticeable fish in any aquarium
- Excellent for inhibiting the top of the aquarium
- Slight variation from the classic Cardinal Tetra
- Temperature: 73° – 81° F (22.7° – 27.2° C)
- pH: 5.5 – 7.0, more acidic water is preferred
- KH: 4 – 8 dKH
- Minimum tank size: 10 gallons
- Diet: Omnivorous. Will easily accept high-quality dry and frozen foods.
- Social behavior: Peaceful, schooling/shoaling.
- Origin: Tank-bred, but indigenous to South America
- Average adult size: 1 – 1.5 inches (2.5 – 3.8 cm)
- Average purchase size: 1/4 – 1 inch (0.6 – 2.5 cm)