02-22-2010, 10:03 AM
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Natural habitat of False/Green Neon Tetra
Videos showing aquarium fish in their natural habit seem to be of interest to many, so here's today's installment. The fish is the False or Green Neon Tetra, Paracheirodon simulans. In the video, it is called "the neon" but it is not the true neon (P. innesi). Another case of misleading common names.
This third discovery in the "neon" group of tetras is less often seen that the common neon and cardinal, but many believe it is the nicest of the trio [see the Fish Profiles for more info]. Here in its natural habitat, aquatic plants proliferate, and the water is cloudy. Just as in the aquarium, this species remains close to the vegetation for protection. YouTube - fishfromvenezuela's Channel
You'll find several other videos on this site. Ivan Mikolji is a field explorer and fish collector who lives in Venezuela; he is very active in conservation, the founder and president of the Fish From Venezuela Foundation, and regularly produces documentaries. He writes articles for TFH magazine on fish he has discovered. In the current issue (March 2010) he writes of a possible new species, a beautiful tetra probably in the Hemigrammus genus; the front half of the fish is silver white, and the latter half is brilliant flame red.