Albino Neon Tetra – Profile, Care, Diet & Facts

Just like with any other captive-bred fish species, there can be several kinds of neon tetras to choose from when setting up a new aquarium. Although albino neon tetras are not very popular, there are many people who want to keep them.

Indeed, all albino creatures are definitely special; they stand out from the rest of the group and they never stop mesmerizing us. Can you imagine a tiny white neon tetra swimming around your tank?

If you are thinking of adopting such an amazingly interesting morph, here comes its full profile, including all you need to know about its care, diet and cool facts.

Albino Neon Tetra Origin

The word albino defines a lack of pigmentation, and it can occur completely naturally in people, in plants, and in all animals (including fish). Therefore, it is certainly possible of spotting an albino neon tetra in the wild, although it is extremely rare. Same goes for any other animal.

The albino versions of fish which we can easily adopt nowadays, however, refer mainly to captive-bred variations. Indeed, these are intentionally bred to miss the pigmentation gene, so it is safe to conclude that the albino adjective basically just refers to the coloration and non to other differences.

Albino neon tetras are typically white or transparent and literally lack any kind of coloration across their bodies, including the typical red and blue horizontal stripes. Additionally, they feature red or pink eyes, again because they lack coloration genes.

When it comes to all the rest, albino neon tetras are to be treated exactly the same as all other neon tetras.

Tank Size

Albino neons are equally sized as their colored siblings, so placing a smaller school into a 10-gallon tank is perfectly fine. Smaller tanks can also suit them when it comes to size, but these are far more difficult to maintain clean and stable.

A decently sized tank can additionally allow for several plants being planted, to provide great hiding spots for these tiny fish but to also make their tank resemble more to their natural habitat.

Furthermore, you should never place less than 6 specimens inside a permanent tank. This is simply not enough for a functional school to be formed and can quickly trigger territorialism and aggressive behavior among your pets.

Water Requirements

Neon tetras are tropical creatures and thrive therefore in warm water, ideally in a temperature range from 75- to 80-degrees Fahrenheit. Additionally, they prefer slightly acidic water as they originate from blackwater streams of the Amazon basin, so try keeping the pH between 5,5 and 6,5. The water should be soft and heavily planted.

What is really important with all neon tetras is keeping their water parameters stable. They are overly sensitive to any oscillations and can suffer from severe stress and other health complications if there are any abnormal spikes. Therefore, performing regular partial water changes is a must.

Diet and Feeding

Neon tetras, including the albino morphs, are omnivorous. That means that they will happily accept both greens like cucumber or peas but also meaty snacks such as bloodworms or brine shrimp. They are not picky eaters and will eat both frozen and live treats. However, their core diet should consist of high-quality flakes or pellets for tropical fish.

You can feed your pets twice each day, but only offering them enough food to be consumed within a 3-minute time range. All above that is excessive food and can lead to ammonia spikes across their tank. Neon tetras mostly feed at mid-tank levels.

Tank Mates

These amazing little creatures are well-known for their friendly temperament and peaceful behavior. Moreover, they make the perfect tank mates for any fish which is large enough not to become their meal. As long as they have their school, enough food and suitable water parameters, neon tetras will avoid any kind of physical conflict.

When choosing ideal tank mates for them, you should aim for either larger but calm fish or for similar-sized but fast ones. Indeed, bottom feeders like Corydoras catfish or kuhli loaches often make a great addition to neon tetra tanks, as they basically do not have to interfere with each other.

Alternatively, small but agile fish which can escape when needed like zebra danios or guppies are great solutions, as well as peaceful invertebrates like amano shrimp

Don’t put them together with large and aggressive cichlids, because your tetras will get eaten by them.


Albinism is not known to affect the lifespan of any animal. Therefore, we can state that albino neon tetras can survive up to 5 years in captivity, just as all other neon tetras.

What is known to impact the life expectancy among albino animals is the fact that they are often not able to hide from predators because of their distinct lack of color, but this should not affect pet fish at all, as there are no predators in their tanks.


Neons are egg scatterers, meaning that they reproduce by spawning. The female releases her eggs across the water, leaving them available for the male to fertilize them.

Although it is not uncommon for neon tetras to breed in their permanent tanks, they do seem to prefer even more acidic water while breeding. Therefore, if you are planning on growing some neon babies, you will have to spare an isolated breeding tank. And you should remove both parents as soon as the eggs are fertilized to avoid cannibalism.

If you breed 2 albinos, there is still no guarantee that all babies will be discolored, but there is a high chance that most of them will.

Wrapping Up

All that is different from the vast majority is considered to be special, particularly with animals. Owning an albino morph as opposed to most other aquarists is certainly something to feel proud of.

Albino neon tetras are spectacular little creatures, but their only difference from other neon tetras hides in the fact that they simply lack the coloration genes. Therefore, your albino pets can be placed along with the rest of their species, and they should even school together successfully.

Tetra Fish   Updated: September 2, 2021
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